Several weeks before, my cousins, aunts and uncles, we all get together to make tamales. Then we meet at my uncle's house for a Christmas Eve potluck dinner, presents, etc.
At our home, every year we buy each family member a new ornament. It's put in a car of our Christmas train and rides around the tree which we put up about 2 weeks before Christmas, until Christmas day when it's added to the decorations already on the tree. I make each of the boys a new pair of Christmas PJ's, and they open those on Christmas Eve before they go to bed (they are now 19, 21 & 28 and still expect their jammies!!) We bake lots of cookies, they each have their favorites, and on Christmas Day we have all of their favorite appetizers and finger foods (made ahead so that I can relax) and a ham with rolls, and just sit around watching Christmas movies and eating....and enjoying the company.......sometimes friends stop by...it's very casual
at 9:38 AM on Nov. 18, 2010