My wife, Kathleen, and I have been hosting Christmas Eve since long before we were married. Our house is filled with family and friends and Kathleen makes just about all of the food which includes her unbelievable fish soup. We’ll go to mass, head back home, and with the arrival of our first guests, the party begins. “Santa” arrives to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and brings a gift for each of the kids. Under the tree are presents for everyone, but they can’t choose a gift until they pick a Christmas song. The song plays and they have to sing the first verse or two (depending on how much they’ve had to drink) while everyone sings along. The evening is filled with games and singing with great food and fun.
However, I think my favorite time of the evening is just before everyone arrives. This is the most peaceful and magical time for me. The Christmas tree and all of the Christmas decorations are lit providing the perfect lighting with Christmas music playing. It’s a very calming feeling, and I take a few moments to reflect on the past, look ahead to the future and think about how lucky I am to have such a blessed life. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!