Last night when I was driving home from my parent's house I was thinking of some of my favorite Christmas memories, particularly on Christmas Eve since I tend to enjoy Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day itself. Probably because it is just a day spent with family, and you don't get caught up in the material things as much on Christmas Eve. Anyway, I've compiled a little list of my favorite memories from when I was little:
- Working. Don't laugh, I know it is a little odd. I worked at a bakery when I was in High School, and there was nothing better than waking up really early on Christmas Eve to go get all the orders ready. All of the customers that would come in were so happy and cheerful. I just felt like Santa's little elf. Plus the smells of cookies and bread coming out of that bakery at 6 a.m. were incredible.
- Grandma's rolls, popcorn balls, and sugar cookies. Need I say more? We would always go over to my grandparent's on Christmas Eve and have a big dinner with all my cousins and aunts and uncles. My grandparent's passed away a few years ago, but whenever I think of Christmas, I think of them.
- Reading the Christmas Story. Christmas just doesn't feel complete without it. At the Christmas Eve party at my Grandparent's, all the grandkids would do talents. I would play the violin, my cousins would play the piano, etc. My Grandma's "talent" was reading us all the Christmas Story.
- Sticky Buns. We would have them after we finished opening presents on Christmas morning. Delicious!