By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief for Southern Writers Magazine
Christmas Eve. If you’re like me you are still scurrying around shopping for those last few gifts and the few food items forgotten that will be needed Christmas morn.
I must admit, I won’t get any writing done today or tonight. (However, I will make mental notes of things that happen that might create a good scene in a story.) My priorities will be my family and what this time of year is about.
We will cook many pies and cakes, cookies plus fudge today, and prep a few dishes for our meal tomorrow. And yes, we will still be wrapping presents and putting them in their proper place under our tree. But into the evening, we will leave and go to church. That for us is a special time where we fellowship with friends and all come together to pay homage to our Lord. This time at church brings our lives back into focus and reminds us what is important.
After church, the family heads off to Bonefish for our usual Christmas Eve dinner where we gather for fun, laughter, and remembrances of other Christmas times.
When we arrive back home, we gather around the Christmas tree with eggnog and hot chocolate, still enjoying each other and resisting the temptation to open a present. Soon we will retire for the evening, who knows we may just hear those reindeer upon our roof.
I wish for all of you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.