As technology advanced and we scattered to the four winds, the tradition almost died. It was too easy to email or text right before going to bed in the wee smas of the Eve. This made me incredibly sad, as it's such a fun thing to do, building the excitement for Christmas all the more. (All of this excitement never aided in my falling asleep any faster Christmas Eve night. I was always awake way past my bedtime, much to the despair of my early-rising mom.) But this year, I decided that you don't let something die because of changes in the world, you let it evolve. So utilizing Facebook as my tool, I tagged my family in a note that said only, "Christmas Eve Gift." After posting it, I jumped up and down, fist pumping, screaming, "I did it!" and laughing maniacally. (Yes, I am a geek. I cheerfully admit it.) Hopefully, they'll take it in good fun and the tradition will continue, evolving to our ever-changing communication techniques.
Christmas Eve Gift everyone! I hope you have a good one, and a glorious Christmas Day after that.