Christmas Eve is fast becoming the funniest part of the Christmas Season. Not only do we get to go to Christmas Eve worship as a family and celebrate the Birth of Jesus, the real reason for the party, I get to see these crazy cousins all together just having a blast.
The traditions of this night are all precious to me: the present pass to the Night Before Christmas, the poems that Nana creates that give a clue about the recipient and capture so much of that person's past year and personality, the Rice Pudding and quest for the almond, Christmas Devotions lead by Papa and, of course, the ripping into the gifts from the Aunts and Uncles..
This years' Christmas Play had a few new characters and some "missing in action." I guess you could say that some are now too "old" to participate unless you are young at heart! Miss A and Miss M were adorable as Santa's Helpers and, while I could show incriminating evidence of Boxer Shorts worn by the "elder elves," I'll pass for their sake.
There are times I wish that we had a "huge" family with lots of cousins and aunts and uncles that no one remembers who they actually are related. However, there is nothing better than this family. What we miss in "size" of gathering, we more than make up for in enthusiasm.
Just ask "See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil," how much fun they had. I'm sure they'd tell you it was the time of their lives!!