For the past few years, we have had Christmas Eve dinner with family friends. We have alternated houses each year and its been nice. We have dinner, we open gifts to each other, and then the kids typically open a gift of Christmas jammies for them to wear to bed. Then we each retreat to our own homes to put on jammies, put out cookies and milk for Santa, and read "Twas the Night before Christmas" before going to bed.
We had dinner with our friends last night - because her girls are going out of town with their dad today. We don't know what to do with ourselves. Two days ago, Mike looked and me and said "So what do we have for dinner on Christmas Eve". After having dinner plans for so many years, we feel lost...its kind of funny.
So, we decided to go "easy" and have pasta. Mike bought Shrimp Cocktail because he feels that you need to have "nice" dinner for Christmas Eve. We will then, as always, have the kids open their Christmas jammies (Emma even has matching ones this year), and we will put out milk and cookies for Santa, and read "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
The kids can't wait for Santa - neither can we - we see Santa in the kids eyes every Christmas morning and they come down and see what wonderful gifts they have under the tree.