Christmas Eve is always exciting because it is the night before Santa comes and we get together as an extended family to do a formal Christmas dinner.
Growing up, we would dress up, go to church, then go over to my Grandparent's house and have dinner and presents. My grandma was always good at throwing a party. We always had potato sausage and stayed up well into the night opening presents.
In the last 7 or 8 years the tradition has changed a little. We go to my Aunt and Uncle's church where the kids put on a Christmas play (short & sweet while still getting the message across). Instead of going to my grandparent's house, we went to my Aunt and Uncle's for the meal and presents.
We do a draw with the adults that are out of college. This speeds up the present portion of the night so we are no longer out until one in the morning. Cora enjoyed hanging back with me and Ben and observing all of the craziness going on.
She was wiped by the end of the night. She fell asleep walking from the party to the car (probably 50 ft) and slept great that night.