Christmas Eve was typically hectic in our household, particularly
these years after we lived in Dorchester, as a result of Mother and Dad
would drive round to Mother’s cousins’ homes to drop off presents for
the children. Generally my sister and I went alongside however as we acquired
older and extra accountable we’d keep house whereas the presents run
was made.

Then there have been Christmas Eves the place we have been all house
and spent the night time wrapping presents for one another or different
family. I believe I appreciated these quieter nights finest.

The previous 20 years or so Christmas Eve is spent at my sister
and brother-in-law’s home. Items are given out and opened and
my sister’s youngest son Mike(now in his twenties) typically ends
up with the handing out the presents duties since he’s the youngest
member of the family. Then there’s meals served buffet type. At that
level, I’m simply making an attempt to remain awake as a result of I’ve been dealing
with the final minute consumers on the retailer all day and a superb
meal on prime of that makes me need to take a nap. And subsequent
day I am going again over for dinner.

All in all Christmas Eves through the years have been good ones,
typically saddened by losses of family members however all of us take pleasure in
being collectively and enjoyable after the tip of the Christmas rush.

2009 Replace: A brand new custom started final yr with the Christmas
Eve festivities shifting to the house of my niece Sarah and her
husband Steve. And this yr I’m truly having a time without work on
Christmas Eve, so I will not be so drained and sleepy!

2010 Replace: Christmas Eve will likely be at my sister’s this yr and I am
wanting ahead to some lasagna. I count on that Michael will likely be helped
with giving out presents this yr by my 2 yr outdated grandnephew Noah!

2011 Replace: Christmas Eve will once more be at  my sister’s home and
there will likely be lasagna! One change this yr: because the bookstore closed
I have never been working the Christmas purchasing rush so I could not fall
asleep as early as I’ve in previous years!

2012 Replace: Christmas Eve was at my sister Cheryl’s home along with her
household and my brother Phil and his oldest son Phil. It was an ideal night
and far lasagna was eaten. 

2013 Replace: Christmas Eve will likely be at Chery & Pete’s home tonight with
reward opening and meals. Christmas Day will likely be at my nephew Paul’s home

One good change the previous few years since my retirement isn’t having to
work on Christmas Eve. There have been nights the place one supervisor on the
Borders retailer would take FOREVER to shut down the shop, so it 
could be two hours earlier than the unfortunate few of us working the shut
might go house. Fortunately, the opposite two managers I labored for there
in later years have been simply as anxious to get house because the employees was, so 
we have been out fairly rapidly. And there was the Christmas Eve we
have been all out of the shop, the alarm was armed, and all of the money
registers have been already locked away within the protected…. and two youngsters
ran up and requested if the shop was nonetheless open and will we promote them
a cd they wanted. No, we did not reopen the shop. If we had, there
would have been extra folks displaying up and wanting to come back in.

Ah recollections…  

2014 Replace:
Wanting ahead to tonight at Cheryl & Pete’s. It will a particular Christmas
because it’s the primary for his or her new granddaughters Lillianna and Abigail. And the
torch has been handed by Mike to a brand new technology as their grandson Noah 
now handing out the presents to everybody.   

 2023 replace:

It has been a number of years (as a consequence of Covid) because the final time I might carried out Christmas Eve. This yr it was at Paul and Jenn’s house. Niece Sarah took this photograph of me with the grandnieces and grandnephews.






 ((Initially posted in 2007))


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