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Christmas Eve Plans

** This is a post from 2015 but it's a nice one to share again as Christmas Eve approaches! ** 

Once more we've reached that most special of nights and kids all over the world will be giddy with excitement at the prospect of the Big Guy arriving at their house. I loved Christmas through the eyes of my son - that feeling of possibility, wonder and magic. Hanging up the stocking, putting out the mince pie and carrot for Rudolph. Kissing him goodnight and hoping that he'll go to sleep so I can get on with the things that need to be done.  But he's nearly thirteen now, so those days have passed and I do miss them. It's just not the same. So I thought it would be nice to come up with a different way to embrace Christmas Eve, a new tradition to look forward to as an older family and something that we can continue indefinitely.

Rather fortuitously, I stumbled upon this - the Icelandic tradition of giving books to one another on Christmas Eve, then spending that night reading them together.  I thought this was perfect for us - we are a family of readers and book buyers*. And I rather like the idea of opening one gift each on the night before the big day. It seems such a simple pleasure. So that's what we'll be doing tonight after dinner, wine and Ecclefechan tarts for pudding. Candles lit, blankets on legs, sharing our family love of reading. 

Happy Christmas! x

*(We don't do e-books in our home, so all of our books once read are taken to my husband's work where they sell them on to one another and all proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support).