Christmas Eve is a wondrous day filled with lots of family tradition around our house. It is a time when we gather together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and enjoy each other’s company. It typically involves several activities that have been repeated throughout our years as a family. Some of the traditions seem relatively normal and sane such as watching a movie together as a family after dinner and having the children lay out their Christmas stockings for Santa to fill before retiring to bed. Then there are other traditions which none of us remember how they started but are nonetheless a part of our holiday celebration. This includes the dinner menu that is served consisting of a steak fondue followed later in the evening with a chocolate fondue (the kids favorite). There is also the tradition of setting out cookies and milk for Santa which is fairly normal and throwing raw oatmeal on the grass to feed the reindeer which seems very odd and random. All of these things together make up the day before Christmas. What we had not planned and what I hope doesn’t become traditional was how I spent the day.

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