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Christmas Eve

The above is a picture of my family a LONG time ago. 
I'm the one holding the doll. 
Don't worry, my sister is only upset because she couldn't get her doll for the picture! 

Growing up we always opened our gifts Christmas Eve. 
It was always a fun time in our household. 

Most of our "work" was done. 
My mom directed the Youth Choir in which my sister and I sang. 
My mom also sang in the Adult Choir and by Christmas Eve both musicals were over and the only thing for my father to worry about was Christmas Day service. 

My father would begin delivering the Christmas presents to the 
various people who worked in the church in the morning. 

A few times he would take me with him. 
I never really enjoyed going with him. 
I wanted to be home to smell the wonderful cooking. 

My mom would be working away in the kitchen getting ready 
for our big Christmas Eve dinner that night. 
It was always just the 5 of us, which made it special.

During the afternoon she would have cookies and eggnog set up 
for people who would drop by to wish us "Merry Christmas." 

And there was always someone dropping by!  

After dinner we would get to open our presents. 
But first we had to put the Yule Log on TV. 
Watching the fireplace from Gracie Mansion, the home of the 
New York City mayor, was a tradition in our house! 
The music was always so beautiful.  

It seemed it would take us hours to open our presents, 
no rushing, no ripping through the packages.  
Everything was done slowly and we all had to "watch" each other open their gifts. 

When we were first married and started our own family, 
the Colonel and I always opened presents on Christmas Morning. 

However, we found we were rushing through it too often. 
I was always trying to either get a dinner together for company 
or get us in the car to make the long drive to someone's house. 

We decided two years ago enough was enough. 
We were opening presents on Christmas Eve. 

And it was so nice. 
We went to Christmas Eve service and then came home 
and spent as much time as we needed to open our gifts. 

Then, the next morning, the kids slept in and 
I didn't worry about having to get a house cleaned up before our company came! 

The only difference between now and when I was growing up is that 
the fireplace we watch is now in our house...not on TV!

This year will be quite sad because my dad won't be with us.
I still can't get use to that! 
We are going to my mom's house for dinner and then to Christmas Eve service and then home to open gifts with Olivia and Michael.

I'm especially thankful that the Colonel will be home.  
There's already quite a few presents under the tree.  
I'm excited!

Whether you open gifts Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, 
I pray that you will take time to remember the greatest gift given to us...
the gift of Jesus, our Savior...I know I will! 

Merry Christmas!


  1. Merry Christmas to all of you!

  2. What a cutie you were with your doll:) Would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas full of love, peace and joy! son passed the physical for the army, ship out date will be June 30.

  3. Had to smile a little about your sister in the picture. I have two girls; I've seen this happen:)
    I'm so happy that your husband will be with you for Christmas. I know it will be merry!

  4. Our moms both had the same hair style when we were young, and dressed us in plaid. Your photo made me smile. How did the time pass so quickly?

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I enjoyed your trip down memory lane. I want to wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a New Year full of God's richest blessings.



  6. Morning Sunshine,
    What a nice post. My mom also had
    that hairstyle, isn't that funny.
    You were such a cutie then and now.
    Am so happy the Col. is still home with you, and I know that will make your families Christmas for sure. Hope you have the best time celebrating the Lords birthday!
    Merry Christmas hon,
    Love, peace and joy to you and yours,

  7. Wonderful memories!! Wishing you and yours an *especially* Blessed Christmas this year.. I feel sure it will be :) -Tammy

  8. Wonderful memories! We need to decide in our house what we are going to do. I feel like we try to make all of our family happy and then don't really do our own. It is a rushed affair. I miss the Christmas Mornings as a child. How did our mom's do it all and make it seem easy? Things that make you go hhhmmmmmm?

    Merry Christmas! Many blessings to you and your precious family.


  9. Fun memories!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  10. Hi Lois,
    We are celebrating his birth in our house and enjoying the fellowship with others this season.
    So glad you are all together.
    Merry Christmas!

  11. Merry Christmas to you! You were such a cutie!

  12. Merry Christmas to you all as well..and may your hubby has a safe journey..:)

  13. Loved the photo and hearing about your traditions. So glad your husband is with you to celebrate. Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

  14. LOVE it~
    simply adorable!

    Merry Christmas~ dear Lois!!!! :)
    With Much Love in Jesus~ Miss Jen
    ~ John 1:14

  15. OH I LOVE the photo!! You are such a cutie :-) Merry Christmas!! May this be the best one ever!

  16. Merry Christmas!

    Gosh, I could tell which sister was you right off!!! You always did have that gorgeous face and hair!!!

    I love your family traditions! Yes, it is very hard when a loved one passes -- but he is not gone forever, just remember that, I know it's hard.

  17. Loved the old picture, Lois. I know there is an empty spot without your dad, however I'm so happy the Colonel could be home with you.

    Merry Christmas!

  18. What a great picture and memories. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

  19. What a wonderful story about your family! We opened most of them Christmas Eve this year as the next day we were having Dinner with friends. Thanks for a wonderful and beautifully renovated blog! : )


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