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The night before Christmas

This year we decided to try the whole, Christmas stockings on Christmas Eve idea, and it was kind of awesome. I think we’ll have to continue this. (Though for us this was the Eve of Christmas Eve, since we actually have a family party tonight – does that make us big cheats who try and sneak their stockings early?! hehehe). We like to keep our stockings to treats (chocolates, candy canes etc) and one small toy/pressie – but this year i kind of messed up and completely forgot to fill Chris and my stockings! eeek! Though, the kids decided they were tired of their chocolates half the way in (WHAT?!), which please my darling immensely hehe. I think you know you are a parent when you don’t mind eating half destroyed chocolate Christmas bears…

We also really love reading Christmas books together, which is really special to us. We prefer biblical ones – but somehow the grinch ends up getting read too (gosh i hate that book! hahaha). I absolutely love traditions, they are always dear to me – and i love that as the kids are growing up we’re coming up with more and more special traditions to repeat each year.

Do you have any special Christmas Eve traditions?

Also, ps. everyone involved in the handmade ornament exchange has been posting their trees with ornaments – and they look awesome!!

Unfortunately mine haven’t arrived yet (drat you international mail), but please check out the others involved!!! They are adorable!!

Thanks again to Kelli for organizing such a fun exchange!!!
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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Ginger
9 years ago

How fun! My dad used to always fill our stockings with little treats (my mom very obviously bought the regular gifts for us as my pop would always be surprised by what they were, haha). Now that I’m grown, I spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws. We go to church, then we come home and enjoy a traditional lineup of snacks while we watch a movie together (usually Christmas Story or It’s a Wonderful Life).

Annelise
Annelise
9 years ago

You’re not big cheats! Christmas Eve eve celebrations are a Scandinavian tradition. It’s called “lille juleaften” in Denmark.

http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/denmark.htm

You’re more of a Nielsen than you thought!

Rachel
9 years ago

Oh i love the idea of an ornament exchange! Too bad yours hasn’t come :( Love making new traditions seems like you are having such a great holiday!

xoRachel

Betsy
Betsy
9 years ago

You might like “an orange for Frankie” – Patricia Polacca (sp)