All year, I look forward to Christmas Eve. The combination of festive mood with time together with my family with anticipation about the next day's events plus the sights and sounds of the season--it all adds up to make it a pinnacle of joy for me.
This year, even though I had a good bit of preparation to make for Christmas Day, I felt fairly peaceful on Christmas Eve. Unlike one Christmas Eve when I had to stay up terribly late wrapping gifts, I didn't have a single gift to wrap because I had consciously worked on that task all along as we were buying gifts so I wouldn't have any last-minute build-up! I worked steadily--but happily--all day, mostly on food preparation for the next day, although I did pause to admire Benjamin as he sat in the little rocking chair David had placed him in. :)
This was my first turn with it, and Tobin had just gotten hit in the face with it, so I was pretty confident that it would NOT hit me this time. I guess I can't be right all the time. ;-)
There were other times when it hit me, too; and I laughed and laughed so much that I cried. It definitely made a very fun memory for this Christmas Eve. :)
Eventually I needed to pull myself away so that I could keep chipping away at my to-do list for the next day. Josiah continued his dot-to-dot work...
Except, of course, for when we were playing Pie Face. Then it wasn't calm at all. ;-)