As a kid, and even sometimes as an adult, I have an impossible time falling asleep on Christmas Eve. It’s easy to pinpoint the root cause as a child – the anticipation of the unknown wonders to behold on Christmas morning. All our presents magically appearing under the tree and finding “evidence” of Santa’s visit in half-eaten cookies was enough to satisfy my youthful curiosity. It wasn’t even so much about the presents, but really the “magic” of it all. So what keeps me awake now, as an adult?
I’d like to believe the holidays bring out a little child wonderment in all of us. Even though I hate the commercialization of the holidays, I think there are a few things that capture the whimsy we experienced as children. See below for a little inspiration and a few nostalgic favorites for this year!
I have to start off with the ever-increasing antics of the “Elf” assigned to families all over the US. In the name of Santa, parents have stretched their creativity to the limits to capture his nightly shenanigans!