I can't think of anything better to say for Christmas Eve than what I said last year, with a few changes.
Family, food, travel, Christmas movies. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are probably two days when most people are too busy to pick up a book. (Of course, if you want to talk about a book, I'll always read your note.)
Instead, I hope you're enjoying your holiday traditions, however you celebrate. If that means quiet time, just for you, I hope you enjoy the solitude and the time to reflect. If you're celebrating time with family and friends, I hope you appreciate them.
Celebrations change over the years. My family often celebrated on Christmas Eve because my
father worked shift work, and wasn't always home on Christmas Day. And, we made Christmas Eve trips to my grandparents' house, and then looked for Rudolph's nose in the sky on the way home. Once I was married, Jim and I celebrated on Christmas Eve with food and special Christmas readings, "Yes, Virginia", "The Gift of the Magi" and the Nativity story. This year, I'm heading to friends' for dinner.
For those of you who miss loved ones this year, whose pain is fresh, or who remember family and friends who died much earlier, I wish you moments of peace. If you have faith, no one expresses the feeling of loss and peace better than Ryan Kelly does in the song he wrote, "Not Far Apart".
Merry Christmas Eve! It may be a busy day for you, or the calm before the hecticness of Christmas Day. I wish you a few moments to yourself, a little quiet time, maybe for a Christmas reading or two. And, I wish you memories of those you love.