Merry Christmas Eve!

I have such vivid memories as a child of waiting for Christmas eve. I’d usually be so wired with anticipation that I would count my gifts over and over just to make sure they were still all there.

I would have the day off from school so usually it would be spent staring outside at Christmas lights, or tinkling with the Christmas tree to make sure it was absolutely perfect for Santa. The evening would be spent arranging gifts under the tree and picking up loose tinsel that had fallen to the floor.

I really wasn’t allowed to eat cookies in my house so often I would leave some crackers and cheese for Santa because I knew he would be SO HUNGRY by the time he got to my house. Although I suspected my mother had something to do with it, I could never prove it because she went to bed before me and somehow when I woke up, the gift was there.

As the evening wore on, I would be brimming to the rim with anticipation and excitement, because in one nights sleep I would get EVERYTHING I ever wanted (which in retrospect was an appropriate amount of gifts). The night would be spent watching Christmas movies, and the clock very intently. The minutes simply could not move fast enough.

My mom would let me stay up for as long as I could, I’d try my best to stay up the whole night too.

I’d watch movies, the news, even Midnight Mass, but no matter how hard I tried I could not stay up for Santa’s arrival with “the big gift”.

Finally, I dozed off and woke up Christmas morning around 5 am, watching Family Ties reruns on TV until the clock turned 6 am (the earliest gift opening time possible).

There it was.

The gift I had asked for since my mom asked me “What do you want for Christmas?”

Always. Every year.


What do you remember about Christmas Eve?




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Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. 15272105074685689094 says:

    Even though I’m no longer a kid I’m very excited for Christmas! I can’t wait to see my families faces when they unwrap their presents. I’m especially excited for my nan to open her gift :)

    It sounds like you had a childhood full of wonderful christmases, I did have a chuckle at your families crackers and cheese tradition.

    Merry Christmas!!

  2. 11765307750605978598 says:

    Hey Nellie! Dropping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! Christmastime has always been such an awesome time for me. Our youngest is 17 and I STILL get up at 6:30 on Christmas morning,,,IKR! :-) Have a good one!


  3. I remember always peeking into my presents that were under the tree already 😉 I would make small rips into them to see what they were. I also remember getting up every hour on the hour the night before Christmas, trying to see if Santa had arrived! Opening gifts the night before was also a tradition for us!

    Merry Christmas! :-)
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  4. Merry Christmas!! memories are wonderful things…. we always went to my Gran on Xmas eve – lovely time with all the cousins:)
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  5. Christmas Eve is super special for me. Growing up, we’d have all of our Christmas festivities on the eve, including presents and a big dinner. My grandmother was from Austria and that was her custom, so it was the holiday tradition we followed. When I got married I had to compromise celebrating everything on the Eve. It wasn’t marriage that I first opened a present on Christmas morning. It was…weird. LOL!
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  6. happy holidays to you and your family :)
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  7. This just made me smile from ear to ear.

    I don’t have memories like this for Christmas as we didn’t believe in Santa, etc. I missed out for sure :)

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