It's Christmas Eve, and there's a lot of hustle and bustle in the newsroom, at home and I'm sure at the malls.
I worked the dayshift today, but once I head home it's time to prepare for church and round up food and gifts to take to my in-laws' and parents' houses this evening. We visit my father-in-law's house and then have dinner at my parents' house and spend some time there socializing and watching movies.
When we head home, it's time to get ready for a long winter's nap, and we have a few traditional steps that began when Amber was a toddler. Once we have our pajamas on, Amber puts out cookies and milk for Santa and apples and carrots for the reindeer. We then put on our coats and head out the backyard, where we sprinkle "reindeer dust," a combination of oatmeal flakes and glitter, so that Santa's reindeer will find their way to our house. Before we drift off to sleep, Amber and I read "The Night Before Christmas" and another Christmas story or two.
I'm proud to say that all of my wrapping is done, so there's no staying up until the wee hours of the morning wrapping presents that Santa left behind! On the other hand, I still have some Christmas cards to send, which in my book is okay. If you look at tradition, Christmas lasts 12 days (think "The 12 Days of Christmas"), so in reality, there's still time. We always leave our decorations up until Jan. 6, known as the Feast of the Epiphany, or the Three Kings.
I hope you all have a very merry and magical Christmas with your loved ones.