All the Christmas Eve traditions were repeated this year, including my lack of attention to the Christmas Carter Balls.
Cooking little smokies in the crock pot, drinking hot chocolate, riding around looking at Christmas lights, opening the one present that's always new pajamas, making sugar cookies with the homemade icing. Repeated reminders about how anything in the stockings is fair game, and presents have to wait till I get up and have a full cup of coffee in one hand and my camera in the other.
An unexpected joy arose when the hand mixer stopped working just after I started blending with it. Unbelievable how long it take to mix icing by hand. Note to self: Make sure the $5 appliances are in good working order while you're making the grocery list.
I'll wait a couple more minutes to try to catch Santa, and then, night night :)