The preparations for Christmas Eve always start for me weeks in advance with planning and cooking and freezing some items,
...more advance cooking.
jugs - saved all year long - each with a hole cut in the front.
We had been planning on 24 adults and kids, but in the days before Christmas Eve, one by one the numbers dwindled - sickness, changes in family plans, etc - until we were down to seven family members and three neighbors. I was afraid with so few of us the party might not, you know, pop; but in fact the ten of us ended up seeming like the perfect amount of people and we all really had a great time,
I was grateful to be in a house filled with singing on Christmas Eve, and also grateful that most songs use the same five chords.
Happy Holidays to All!