Christmas is a magical time for everyone regardless of their beliefs. It is the only holiday I really cherish. Christmas Eve is the only time around here that the world seems absolutely still, no traffic, no noise, everybody anticipating the day to come with good company, good food, fun and game. We're lovin' it already!
I have happy memories of early Christmases on the farm. Too snowed in for cars, neighbours came to call by horse drawn conveyance. Sleigh bells jingling, horses chuffing their way through the snow, men having their 'Christmas cheer' at the barn, Mom and the neighbour lady fixing tea and lunch, kids gathered around the tree rattling presents and guessing what Santa would bring.
Our closest neighbour was a Catholic family with six children, went to mass on Christmas Eve, horse drawn sleigh carrying all the family. We watched for them to come down the road from town, they always stopped in for a visit on their way home.
Yes, a magical time.