Happy Christmas Eve!—since we’ll all be too busy for checking screens tomorrow, but also because Christmas Eve is a day all on its own, with a turning-point feel to it that I particularly love. From the day’s last-minute busyness the day turns to a drawing-in of family, with a meal that (in our house) is festive but light, and above all not a huge chore.
When we were kids, there was the almost unbearable choosing of One Single Present to open. The involved the careful examination, lifting, squeezing, and gentle shaking of each present, because there was nothing worse than opening up nothing but a pair of socks or pajamas, with many hours to go until the next possibility of something interesting to play with or read.
What about you? Are you a single-present on the 24thkind of family?
And more important: what do you have for Christmas breakfast?
Whatever your ritual is, I hope you enjoy it, in the comfort of your family.