Given that none of us has yet mastered the art of growing one of those money trees, we set a low spending limit on gifts for the kids and concentrated on what really matters - being together. The food was delicious as always, and we had some fun with our family tradition of Christmas crackers, with those funny hats, jokes and little surprises. The company, as always, was the best part. The kids enjoyed opening their presents, but I would venture to guess that when the actual presents are long outgrown and forgotten, they will still have wonderful memories of playing together. Just as it should be, in my humble opinion.
The only thing I don't like about our family Christmas Eve tradition, whether it's in November or December, is that it never lasts long enough. If only Santa could deliver us a pause button for all these special moments.