While Katherine is making Swedish meatballs, Megan sets a beautiful table for us. One of our traditions is for everyone to have a Christmas "cracker" or "party popper" at their place setting.
At the beginning of the meal, we have everyone pop open their cracker. Inside there is a silly tissue paper hat, small toys, and a paper with jokes, trivia facts and questions, and quotes. It makes for a lively start to the dinner and gets everyone talking as some years, our guests do not know each other very well. Last night, we had 4 missionaries, 1 family who is new to our Ward, and 1 family we have known for a few years now.
That magic never gets old. I loved lying in bed on Christmas eve as a little girl and imagining where Santa was and wondering when he wold stop at my house.
I love this peaceful time after all the preparations have been made and we anticipate celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.