By Alishia Smith
As an only child, my Christmas celebrations were always small and quaint. While Christmas morning was always an exciting event, as I got older I secretly liked my family’s Christmas Eve celebrations even more.
Christmas Eve has always been “girls’ time” in my family. My mom, grandma and I spend Christmas Eve together enjoying time with “just us girls”. Traditionally we get dressed up in red sweaters and festive gear and attend Carols and Communion at our church.
Once church service is over we head home for a not-so-traditional dinner. Christmas Eve is all about the appetizers at our house. Chicken Wings, Spinach Artichoke Dip and Potato Skins–mmm!
Since I was a kid I had always begged my parents to let me open a present on Christmas Eve so that one present I was allowed to open was my Christmas pajamas. This tradition still lives on and my Christmas Eve gift is always pajamas.
The rest of the evening consists of laughing, reminiscing on the past year and watching Christmas movies. White Christmas for my grandma, Elf for me and Miracle on 34th Street for my mom.
Coming from a small family, this intimate family time with my mom and grandma is a cherished tradition that I wouldn’t give up for anything!
Alishia Smith is an Operations Assistant in TERRA’s Corporate Office