On Monday inland residents across the region will celebrate Christmas Eve—following old traditions and in many instances, creating new ones. For some that will include the hustle and bustle of last-minute shopping, gift wrapping, prepping for Christmas dinner or gathering with family and/or friends.
Still others will choose to spend a quiet evening at home relaxing after days of hectic shopping, shipping and mailing. Unfortunately, there are certain to be moments of panic when an individual realizes they accidently overlooked a special someone who was supposed to be on their shopping list and guilt will push them out the door and back into the madness of last-minute shopping—hoping against hope they will be able to find just the right gift.
Parents of young children may spend Christmas Eve wrapping presents, especially toys, and some will find themselves spending far too much time staring at those promised, “easy to follow” instructions, as they struggle to piece together those special toy selections that were purchased unassembled. Santa’s little elves provide very little assistance in this regard but when it comes to directing parents where to purchase all those toys on their children’s wish lists, it’s a well-known secret the elves themselves need help—so, they rely on American toy makers to produce all of those highly prized and much hoped-for surprises.
This year, there are 557 companies across the country producing games, toys and dolls to help meet the Christmas demand including wholesale/manufacturers right here in the inland region. Toy businesses employ approximately 6,300 workers nationally and according to the Census Bureau, nearly $67 billion worth of toy goods were bought online or by mail order last December—nearly doubling the total for 2010.
Also, on Christmas Eve parents and grandparents who enjoy building added excitement for their children/grandchildren in anticipation of Christmas morning, can help them track Santa as he makes his way across the night sky. You can do so by logging on to Google’s Santa Tracker at santatracker.google.com/village.html and/or NORAD’s Santa Tracker at www.noradsanta.org/#section-space. Both sights not only track Santa’s travels, they also include Christmas songs and other activities for the little ones.
This Christmas Eve whether you are roasting chestnuts by an open fire, sipping homemade eggnog, enjoying family and friends, or dashing about for those last-minute gifts, the team at the IE Voice/Black Voice News wishes you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!