We are knee deep in last minute Christmas preparations. I just finished wrapping the last present. Supper is about to be prepared. House has got to get cleaned (or at least cleaner than it is right now). We have managed to accomplish all of our "traditional things" up til Christmas Eve night. Tonight, we will eat steak, baked potatoes, and bread -- one of our favorite meals, EVER! After supper and cleanup, we plan on family time that consists of movie watching, game playing, or a combination of the two. Then we try to get the kids to bed at a decent hour (they do not sleep much the night before Christmas). After they are in bed, we get all the gifts out of their hiding spots and put them under the tree -- we never have presents under the tree early, it adds to the excitement of Christmas morning. Then we try to sleep a little until the kids wake us up. They are not allowed to come downstairs or wake us up until at least 4:30. We are lobbying for a more reasonable time this year, like 5:00 or even 6:00. I know they are excited and I still remember that excitement, so we may let them wake us up at 4:30.
After presents are opened and breakfast is eaten, we will begin to get ready for church. We are looking forward to worshipping our Lord on Christmas morning. Every worship time is special and I am sure that the Lord will richly bless us tomorrow as well.
We will celebrate Christmas at my mother's house tomorrow evening with presents and a traditional Christmas dinner. We will be so full, but it will all taste so good.
We want to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a JOYFUL NEW YEAR!!