For as long as I can remember we have played this game in my family. This is how it goes: as soon as it becomes Christmas Eve, you search out another family member and say, "Christmas Eve Gift!" before they can say it to you. The legend of the game says that if someone says Christmas Eve Gift to you, you owe them a gift. Of course, we have never given a Christmas Eve Gift-- the fun is in the thrill of being the first to say those special words. Often we will say the magic words to someone as the clock strikes midnight of Christmas Eve Day- and sometimes we aren't able to speak to someone until we gather for Christmas Eve dinner. But you can bet as you walk into my parents house on Christmas Eve, there is someone waiting around the corner, just inside the door to greet you with a "Christmas Eve Gift!" And then you say, "Ah, man!"
I don't know where this tradition began, just that my mom was taught this as young girl and introduced it to my father on their first Christmas together. We have been partakers in this fun tradition ever since.
This morning for the first time in our married lives, the husband "got" me before I "got" him. As I was groggily rolling over and contemplating getting out of bed I heard him say to me, "Christmas Eve Gift!" And I said, "Ah, man!" I'm so proud of him.
So, to all of you I say,
Christmas Eve Gift!!!
And, Merry Christmas tomorrow!!!
Anyway, this is definitely one of my most favorite traditions. What are some of your best Christmas traditions?