I love Christmas Eve. We always go out for a festive dinner and attend the candlelight service at church, and my inner child still feels the excitement and anticipation of Christmas.
But Christmas Eve day is another story. I’m acutely aware of some mysterious force that tries to draw me and my wallet out for some last-minute purchases. The little voice sounds something like this:
“You didn’t buy enough for [insert name here.]”
“You need a few more stocking stuffers.”
“You really should pick up one more gift for [name].”
I’ve been known to plan thoughtfully throughout the season only to blow the budget on Christmas Eve day. One year I dashed to Toys ‘R Us on December 24 five minutes before closing to buy my daughter a Barbie Shower. I’d been firmly convinced that she wouldn’t play with it, but I succumbed at the last minute because she said she wanted it.
My dear daughter played with that Barbie Shower for approximately fifteen minutes before abandoning it for something else.
On this precious day before Christmas, may we all know that whatever we’ve done is just right.
Our preparations are perfect, and we don’t need more.
Merry, Merry Christmas from our house to yours,
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Photo: Walt Stoneburner