Ever since my parents moved back to Michigan, 23 years ago, Kirk, Kirsten, Travis and I have been spending most Christmas Eve's with my parents. This has been a tradition for such a long time that when we don't go to my parents home in Portage, Michigan it is odd.
The family has changed over the years, but the traditions haven't. My mother, who is an excellent hostess, doesn't feel like she has been successful unless we have a sit down dinner. Her go to Christmas Eve dinner is steak, baked potatoes, green salad, watergate salad (for Travis), strawberry jello salad (for Kirsten) dinner rolls, and homemade Christmas cookies and ice cream for dessert.
One of the fun parts of the evening was when my mother grabbed grocery bags and tried to give away all the leftovers. My sister, Nancy, lived in Michigan for awhile and it was funny to watch us put things in each other bags, especially the candy canes.
I appreciate that my parents have kept the tradition of our family getting together at their house for Christmas Eve. I have many fond memories of this special time.
Here are a few more pictures of the Glover Christmas Eve tradition through the years.