My friend Corrina had a great idea over on her blog and is doing a blog series called “The 12 Days of Christmas.” It’s basically writing 12 posts related to Christmas, in the 12 days leading up to Christmas.
Talk about a challenge for me but I’m gonna tackle it head on!
CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY GATHERING
One of my favorite things about Christmas is our yearly family gathering on Christmas Eve. I love it because it’s loud, there’s tons of really good Mexican & American food and we get to see all our family that we haven’t seen for a while. Now for those of you who don’t know I’m the youngest of 8 children so we usually have about 30-40 people in my mom’s average size house. Yes, it’s a pretty big deal!
We have a very musically inclined family so every year we have my brothers on electric guitar and keyboards and my nephews on acoustic guitar and jimbaye drum. Did I mention my brother brings his amp and his sound system??? Yes, it gets REALLY LOUD on Christmas Ever. Even my hubby Aaron will help out on guitar or piano!
Each family is asked to either share something to say about the year or to sing a song. Some of the grand kids will come up and sing or recite a poem- melts everyone’s hearts for sure! My sister, mom, niece or I (on occassion) will sing a song or two. It’s a pretty emotional night as we all get sentimental talking about God’s goodness to our family and remembering my brother who is now in heaven.
Soon after my dad reads the Christmas story in his own gentle soft-spoken way. I love my dad he’s the kinda person everyone listens to when he speaks because it’s always a heartfelt sentiment that comes from him. We then say a prayer and then we…OPEN ALL OUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS!!!!
Yes, we are one of those families who open all our gifts on Christmas Eve. I love it and have never really felt bad about not waiting till Christmas morning. You can’t even imagine the mounds of Christmas gifts that gather under the tree on that night. There is literally piles of gifts all around the tree and all of us who wrapped those gifts hoping that those darn name tags stay on so gifts don’t get mixed up. Usually myself and a couple of my niece or nephews help hand out presents.
Afterwards we all help clean up the piles of wrapping paper, ribbons and tissue paper scattered all over.
It’s usually after all the gift going that most everyone heads back to their homes. Some of us stay the night and stay with my parents but most have to head back to celebrate with their other side of the family for Christmas Day.