Just a few hours from now, Christmas is here. The festivity definitely is in the air as we anticipate the birth of Jesus! This is my favorite season of reflection and merriment. At home, Christmas Eve traditions are well celebrated; and even if Christmas traditions might be slightly different from one place to another all over the world, the act and the activities that come in to play will always have a common denominator — full of warmth, hope, and love. In this post, I share to you Christmas Eve traditions and activity ideas for you and your family and friends at home, at work, or even at the hospitals where you might be spending your duties, too.
For the past 2 years, I have spent my Christmas Eve and New Year inside the hospital halls. I still remember having my Christmas Eve spent in the hospital in clerkship year in Medicine. It was quite odd at first since I was not used it; but, it all boils down to the learnings, reflection, and the grace and blessings fostered that keep us humble, optimistic, and hopeful in life.
Christmas Eve Mass
Churches and chapels will always be nearby wherever you may go — there is one in your village, to the next village, and even inside the hospitals. You can attend the Christmas Eve Mass depending on the Mass schedules available at your place. It’s a good feeling to be in touch with God in this holy day of anticipation for Jesus’ birth! Do sing choir songs, respond to the psalm and activities. Take this time to pray and talk to God. In that way, you reinforce the spirit of Christmas within you.
Christmas Eve Dinner
Having dinner together brings an opportunity to connect with other people. Get the socialization going. Do a table prep with all the food, prepared either by you yourself or contributed through pot-lucks, on the center and make table preparations to keep the vibe full of warmth. Christmas candles or scents can be add-ons, too. It’s okay if there are no fancy utensils, though. All you need to really do is make sure that everyone joins the table for dinner. And let everyone connect with one another spontaneously. Having a beautiful and interactive table is best as a joyful dinner is not only filling to the stomach, but also fulfilling to the heart.
Gifts are symbols of finally receiving the best present we could ever have in this world — that is, the presence of Jesus Christ. At last! The King is born! It doesn’t have to be gifts of grandiosity, for what matters is the sincerity and the thought to it. This can be a great activity, too, where you can draw lots as to who will be the receiver of the gifts, and on the day of Christmas, you share who you have picked as the gift-receiver and present the gifts yourself to them. It adds up some personality to the gifts, too.
Christmas Movies and Games
Last but definitely not the least, make sure that you have something to entertain the crowd. It may be board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, Uno,and others! And if you love movies, like I do, you can check out Netflix for the best Christmas movies! You can go for the cartoons, or the more solemn Hollywood movies, or local movies in your country that will keepyour holidays full of warmth, hope, and love.
So, there you have it! These are the basics but are worth the preparation to keep this Yuletide season the most wonderful time of the year! Have some thoughts? Let me know through the comments!