The house is fairly still and quiet.
The fairy lights on the tree highlight the corner of the living room and candles burn in the fireplace.
There is a movie on – tonight we’re watching The Grinch – and we’re all cuddled up on the sofa.
The dog is in his bed curled up at our feet.
Earlier today we wrapped presents and prepped the house for visitors tomorrow.
Nana and Drew visited and picked up their gifts, then in the afternoon we walked down to grandma’s to drop off more presents.
The moon is full tonight and being out there in the dark walking home to our cosy living room with it’s homely tree and a film waiting for us feels wonderful; like something from a movie.
Tonight the children will go to bed filled with excitement. One of them still believes, the other believes that keeping the magic alive is an important job of an older brother.
I’m amazed that in this day and age we’ve managed to keep them believers until the age of at least 10.
Once they’re asleep, the grandparents will sneak up and add their presents under the tree.
We’ll drink mulled wine together and wonder at how fast the year has gone and what the new year brings and then we will wave them goodbye.
The last job of the night is to bring the presents I’ve wrapped for their stockings out of the boot of the car – Mia knows all my hiding places – and stuff the stockings with them.
We’ll check that Mia has left her note to Santa and that everything looks set for tomorrow and then we’ll make our way to bed.
This is our Christmas Eve. It’s pretty much always been our Christmas Eve since we’ve had children. Simple, family orientated and all about making memories.
I hope all your Christmas Eve’s are just as you’d hope they would be and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.
Let’s do it all again in 2016 shall we?!
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