I (heart) Christmas Eve


Today’s my favorite day of the year.

Christmas Eve, the day before Christmas. It’s full of anticipation, the presents are still wrapped, and you haven’t yet gorged on the five meals you’re about to eat in 12 hours.

It’s awesome.

Most people prefer Dec. 25, the day when you can actually sit around your living room and rip open boxes filled with everything on your wish list — and some that weren’t — and eat everything you’ve been smelling the entire morning.

But to me, that’s when Christmas is over. It only takes about five minutes and — poof! — the day is done, and you have to wait a full 365 more days until it’s back again.

I love Christmas Eve because it’s not quite over yet.

This is the day when I finish up the gift-wrapping and baking, when we’re still listening to Christmas music, when I deliver presents and have dinner with my family. It’s the best day of the year.

It reminds me about what Christmas is all about — presence, not presents. It’s about spending time with the people you love; about doing nice things for others; about giving, not getting.

I’m just happy Derek is home, my family is healthy, my dogs aren’t crazy — and I’m not working tomorrow.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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14 Responses to “I (heart) Christmas Eve”

  1. Heather December 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I could not agree more!!! Although now that I have ankle biters, I live Christmas morning.
    Big hugs to u and Derek. Please give Lana my best if u see her.

    • Catherine Toth December 28, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Aw, thanks! Hugs to you and your family, too. Enjoy Paris! (Lucky!)

  2. David Jackson December 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  3. Old Man December 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Thanks for the “Goodies” this a.m.

  4. M December 25, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Hello Cat!

    Have a Merry Christmas to you and Derek and to your family!

  5. Surfing at Sixty December 25, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you,Cat and Derek!! Thanks for sharing your ideas. Christmas is in deed a celebration of life.

    • Catherine Toth December 28, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      Woot! Hope you got everything you wanted this Christmas — and didn’t have to re-gift!

  6. Roxie Perreira December 25, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Hi Cathrine,

    Just wanted to say I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    • Catherine Toth December 28, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      Hi there! Happy Holidays to you and your family, too!

  7. Annoddah Dave December 25, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    CAT: Mele Kalikimaka to you and yours. Thanks for the year round Christmas present you give us thru this blog.

    • Catherine Toth December 28, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      Aw, thanks! Thanks for still reading it after all these years!

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