Where Are You? What Are You Doing? (Christmas Eve edition)
Judging from the activity on the site, most of you are away from the internet, having a great time with family and friends. But I'm just curious, for those of us who are hanging around Ricochet: Where are you? And what are you doing?
Tomorrow we'll do our annual tradition of celebrating Jewish Christmas here at Ricochet. But what is Christmas Eve like for you? Are you running around getting last-minute gifts? Or as Teresa Kopec tweeted out a few days ago:
After 19yrs of marriage I've decided if my husband ever goes Christmas shopping before Dec. 24th, he's probably having an affair. #safesofar
I love it. We celebrate the full 12 days of Christmas so I just wait for the post-Christmas sales to do much of my gift-buying for the godchildren and nieces and nephew.
The Hemingway children are about to have the most ridiculous Christmas in the history of Christmases, with piles upon piles of gifts. I told them that they only get to open them up tonight if they do a fantastic job singing in the choir (our 3-year-old makes her Lutheran choir debut tonight) so they have been practicing every day. (Am I turning into Rose Hovick?)
The only downside is that I've been laid low with a cold so the pre-baking is not going quite as well as I wish.
Well, that and we're all alone this Christmas. My brother is with his Canadian in-laws in Canadia, of all places. My folks and sister are back in Colorado. The Hemingways are buried under feet of snow in Oregon. And there is no snow here.
Tonight we will hear that Jesus' birth is at hand. With little ones, we won't make it to midnight mass so instead will return at 10 AM for Divine Service. My own family tradition is to read Luke 2 prior to opening gifts tonight. Since our 5 year-old just learned to read, we may let her try to read parts of it.
What about you?