There’s a reason they call Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. Everything about it makes me smile: the music, the decorations, the shopping, the gifts, and, of course, the whole reason for the season. It’s a time when people come together and celebrate each other, give thanks, show kindness, and concentrate on giving. There is magic in the air as it draws closer and closer to the big day, Christmas itself. But for me? It was Christmas Eve that has always been the most magical.
The day is always rife with anticipation, with little children dancing with excitement for what Santa will bring and adults surreptitiously rattling presents beneath the tree, anxious to know what loved ones have chosen for them while hoping those same loved ones will be delighted with the gifts that have been chosen for them.
The smell of pine flavors the air as the fireplace glows and the clank of utensils upon pots and pans heralds the coming feasts. In my family, there is a tradition that is longstanding and eagerly anticipated: As evening transitions to night, my mom brings out a stack of identically wrapped boxes and begins distributing to children and grandchildren alike. Inside are our special Christmas jammies, specially selected so we can look good for Santa’s visit. Once everyone has changed, we all gather around my father, who is the designated ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas reader. The copy he reads from is so old, it is literally falling apart, but is so dear to my family I sincerely hope it lasts another fifty years or so.
With grandchildren on his lap and the rest of us sitting all around him, he starts into the famous tale, his hushed yet resonate voice giving justice to the reverent tone of the book. We all wait anxiously for the very last page, when we will all join in to shout with him, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Oh, how I love that book. So many wonderful Christmas Eves have been spent waiting for its appearance, when once again we will all be transported to Christmases past, when it was just Mom and Dad and my sister and brother and me, and we three kids were the ones squirming with excitement for the next morning. It’s such a joy to watch my niece and nephew experience that thrill now, and just when they are reaching the age when the magic begins to fade, a new nephew is about to make his debut, and the tradition will carry on.
Here’s to wonderful Christmas Eve traditions, and family, and joy, and magic! Tell me, what are your favorite Christmas Eve or Christmas day traditions? Is there a TV show you watch, or a movie you look forward to, or, like my family, a book that gets read? Do share!
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Merry Christmas, everyone!
Series: Prelude to a Kiss #2
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (January 6, 2015)
Sophie Wembley is about to discover two hard truths: When planning a rushed betrothal, one must not be picky; and when the perfect earl happens by, one must not be shy.…
After receiving word that her sister has eloped, even ever-optimistic Sophie has trouble staying positive. She needs to secure her future before the scandal destroys her prospects, although she doesn’t relish the idea of a hasty marriage. But her longtime crush has just shown up for the summer festival in Bath. He may be the key to avoiding disgrace and getting a happily ever after…if she can bring herself to pursue him.
John “Evan” Fairfax, Earl of Evansleigh, is one of the most popular bachelors in the ton. However, his easygoing ways hide a dark past he’s determined to keep secret. Evan has always kept acquaintances at arm’s length for self-preservation, but there’s something irresistible about Sophie…and her seductive charms may well sway the confirmed bachelor to seize a chance at love.
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