The Night Before... by Janice Carter

If you are a crossword puzzle fiend as I am, you will know that the answer to the common clue: 3 letters, the night before is "eve". Our minds automatically go to Christmas Eve for in the Christian faith, that's the most significant eve. But there are many more. There are wedding eves, championship game eves, vacation eves, exam eves and on and on.
    Personally I think 'eves' are often more exciting than the actual next day. It's all about the anticipation. The night before a big event, the outcome of the next day is basically unknown. No matter how much planning goes into a wedding, something can still go wrong. When I got married, I'd picked a lovely organ piece for my walk down the aisle (no wedding march for me! lol) but found out the morning of the big day that the church organ had broken down. A pianist was found at the last minute but the beautiful Trumpet piece didn't sound nearly as dramatic. Of course, that disappointment didn't last more than a few minutes and remains only as a family story.
    Eves are about possibilities. The team might win; the exam aced and the holiday abroad might go off without a glitch. When I was a child, Christmas Eve was always the best part. We had our family traditions, some of which I've passed down to my own daughters who now are amending and passing along some of those traditions in different ways.
    We all know how important traditions can be to families but we also know that as time goes by, as people age or move away or have their own young families, traditions adapt just as we do. This year for the first time my husband and I will be alone Christmas Eve and part of the next morning. It's a change that we can happily accept because we are grateful to have our daughters (and only granddaughter!) and most of our extended family living in the same city. The best part of this year's 'eve' will be just as magical, as full of promise and hope for the coming New Year and reunions with loved ones as always.
    Tonight the tree will be lit, music will be playing in the background (or the latest Netflix movie) and there will be some sweet indulgence like my Christmas cake or shortbread with a glass of Brandy or Port. After 50 years together, my husband and I know what we like. :)

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Holidays!

Janice Carter


  1. Wishing you joy, Janice. Merry Christmas!

  2. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Janice!

  3. Merry Christmas, Janice, and a happy New Year!

  4. Enjoy your "eve." You gave me a new way to think about eves of all kinds.

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