Monday, December 24, 2012

A Christmas miracle!

Growing up, we always opened presents on Christmas Eve as a family, and us kids could get up and plunder our magically filled stockings, hanging empty the night before, on Christmas morning. Looking back, it was a brilliant arrangement, IMHO. Evening celebrations are more intimate, with candles and Christmas lights shining more brightly and the atmosphere more cozy. Plus, children don't have to wait impatiently until everyone is awake and functioning in the morning – and parents can sleep in!

I did not marry someone with the same German/Scandinavian roots I have, so it was quite a shock when Rick refused to open Christmas presents "early." The past 28 Christmas Eves have passed rather sadly for me, as we followed his family's (on his father side) Christmas traditions.

Imagine my surprise and delight when Rick agreed to open Christmas presents on Christmas Eve this year! His mother is here so there are four of us; it was delightful. :-)

And no, I did not quite finish Brian's Fish hat. I was going to gift it in its present state, minus side fins and eyes, and finish it afterwards. But Brian got so many gifts that I decided to finish it at my leisure and save it for next Christmas. No point in spoiling him completely rotten!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, from . . .

8 comments:

Theresa said...

Merry Christmas Michelle and family! We too opened gifts on Christmas eve, but opposite. Stockings got plundered and under the tree stuff in the morning. And tell Rick, it's good to be flexible. :)

melanie said...

Merry Christmas! Here in Upstate, the stockings are allowed to be opened early (to give the parents a chance to get oriented at 5 a.m.) and then presents. BUT - to take the excitement energy down a notch on Christmas Eve we allow the opening of one gift....it's all about balance, my friend, is it not?

Tombstone Livestock said...

WTG Rick ... now maybe next year open one or two on Christmas Eve and rest Christmas morning ... start a new tradition.

An English Shepherd said...

Merry Christmas to you :-)

Ruth Dixon said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours...

Michelle said...

I hope all of you had a good Christmas, too - meaning the love of family and/or friends, a warm house and good food!

The "one present on Christmas Eve" doesn't work so well here, as we keep Christmas pretty low key and don't always have all that many for each of us (Brian, being the kid, always has more). By the same token, we've never had presents AND stocking gifts since we've been married. I think this year's schedule worked very well; Rick seemed to enjoy sleeping in until 10 a.m. THAT would never have been possible if gifts were left until Christmas morning!

Lori Skoog said...

I'm with you 100%! My husband is 100% Swedish and I am 50%...we have always had Christmas the scandinavian way. To me, it's so beautiful to have the Christmas lights and candles...more relaxing. We also are not into a lot of presents.
Happy New Year to you and your family! Keep taking those gorgeous pictures of your sheep.

Kelly said...

Mike and I didn't exchange gifts this year and instead will go shopping for something that we both want for the house after the holidays. We did, however, get a beautiful new nephew!! Best present yet. :) Thanks for your prayers and kind words, he is doing wonderfully and has only to eat a bit better and he can come home.