When I was a child, our parents always allowed us to open one present on Christmas Eve. My brother, sisters, and I were always so excited to find out what was inside! Our parents always had the gift pre-selected, and they were always in perfectly wrapped, identical rectangular boxes. It took me several years to catch-on to their game, and now it is one of my favorite family traditions!
Every year on Christmas Eve, the present our parents let us open turned out to be Christmas pajamas! This tradition started before I was even old enough to remember.
As my siblings and I got older (and the number of us grew and grew), we began to realize that toys were never going to appear in those rectangular boxes. However, we were never disappointed. It grew into a tradition that we were excited about!
Christmas is THE major holiday in our family, and it is filled with routines and traditions. On Christmas Eve, we attend the Children’s mass at church, return home to eat dinner, and anxiously await the opening of our Christmas pajamas. Each year they are different, some years matching (which is impressive with the age span), and other years a variety of colors and prints.
After opening our presents, we (still) rush to our rooms and race to be the first one dressed in our new sleeping attire and present int he living room. After we all make it out, we always take a group picture. Last year was even more fun because we had the siblings (ranging in ages from 7 to 30, minus our Texas crew), plus two grandchildren!