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Ready or not, here it is, and here it comes!

Another Christmas Eve is upon us, and all of that hustle and bustle will soon be slowing down, if it hasn’t already. Most stores and businesses will close for the evening and Christmas Day, or even for just a few hours. Children everywhere will wa

Jacob and his aunt, Andrea, plan the next ornament for her Christmas tree.

it and anticipate the prancing and pawing of each little hoof on the rooftops and presents under the Christmas tree. Songs of praise will resonate throughout churches in celebration of the Lord’s birth.

With the exception of a little bit of cleaning at home, my family and I are ready for Christmas. We will attend Christmas Eve Mass together followed by a traditional casual dinner at my parents’ house. My sister, Sarah, is home for the holidays, so all of us Campomizzi sisters will be together again!

The children and I will head home to set up cookies and milk for Santa and apples and carrots for his reindeer. We’ll head outside to sprinkle reindeer food on the ground to light the way for Santa so he sees our house, then read “The Night Before Christmas” before settling down for a long winter’s nap.

Amber and Jacob made sure they got their last-minute wishes in with Santa. On Thursday, we made a stop at two area malls. Santa waved to them at the first one as we arrived. After getting new shoes, the children stopped to say hello to Santa, and Jacob sat on his lap as they chatted. It was precious!

At the second mall, Jacob yelled, “Hi!” to Santa as we passed center court. Jacob and Amber stood and chatted with Santa a bit there, telling him what they wanted. The Jolly Old Elf advised the two to make sure they got to bed early on Christmas Eve, and they said that they would. Hmm … I certainly hope so!

My children stayed with my parents while I worked today. When we arrived at their house Friday evening, Jacob went with my sister, Andrea, who was setting up her little tree in her bedroom. As he did with Amber, his daddy and I earlier this week, he helped Andrea put some ornaments on the tree. This Christmas was the first time that Jacob helped with the tree, and it was quite an adventure! We have one broken ornament (now repaired) to prove it! (I can chuckle about it now!)

I snapped the attached photo of Jacob and his aunt planning where to put the next ornament on her tree. I thought it was a touching one. To me, it shows the wide-eyed wonder that little ones hold in this season that means so much to so many. As I’ve said before, it’s so neat to see it through their eyes.

May the joy and wonder of Christmas that you experienced as a child fill your heart and home this weekend. Merry Christmas to you all, and thank you once again for reading Mommy Mentions!