In our family we have a little tradition on Christmas Eve. We try to be the first to say, "Christmas Eve Gift!" to someone else in the family. The way it's supposed to work is that whoever is the first to say it is supposed to get a gift right then and there. In all of my memory of this tradition, I can't remember ever getting a gift if I was the first one to say it. Hmmm . . .
This tradition started with my dad's side of the family and there have been years when my Uncle Randel would call and try to be the first one to say, "Christmas Eve Gift," even calling just after midnight on December 24. With texting and Facebook part of the mix now, it makes it a little more fun. Just this morning, I saw that my sister was on Facebook, so I chatted her, "Christmas Eve Gift!" and I got her! Of course, my dad and mom both got me when I called over to their house.
As odd as this tradition is, I've actually heard of other families who do it, too. I don't know if it was something popular back in the fifties or something, or if it originated in the Midwest or Plains states (my dad is from Oklahoma). If anyone else has this tradition or knows of the origin, I'd love to hear about it.
Until then . . . Christmas Eve Gift!