Christmas is basically here and my kids could not be more excited. They are not only thrilled to see what Santa will bring them Christmas morning but also for our family Christmas Eve tradition that we do every year.

The night of Christmas Eve, we like to gather as a family and play board games. I have five kids ages 9 to a year and a half so we make sure to get board games that are age appropriate and can be played by everyone.

Sometimes that isn't so easy. So, if there are too many players, we then form teams.

This is something that my kids and I look forward to each year. There's lots of laughs and even some frustration but the kids seem to get worn out and tired just in time for Santa to come down the chimney. We wouldn't have it any other way.

If there's time beforehand, we also like to go drive and look at Christmas lights before the games begin. We are usually able to make that happen, too.

So what are your Christmas Eve traditions?