For some reason the Christmas season always leads me to reflect on the last year. Even with the hustle and bustle of getting things ready for Alex’s birthday, and Christmas I can’t help but take time to look back.
I can’t help but look back on the Christmas traditions I grew up with, and, as the kids get older get some of those same traditions (or slightly modified traditions) in place.
One of those traditions is getting to open a present on Christmas Eve. Who doesn’t like to get to open just one present before Christmas morning! I loved this as a child, I think it builds excitement for the ‘big day’ Hubs and I agreed that Christmas Eve the kids would get to open one gift. It’s going to be the same every year, a pair of pj’s, a DVD, and hot chocolate. It gives us something fun to do together as a family. I am looking forward to it.
Another is the advent calender. My parents always got us the ones with the little piece of chocolate in each of the little windows. I loved it and planned on doing the same with my kids. But, in the age of Pinterest, there are so many ideas out there! I know a lot of people that are doing the 24 days of books, and while I like the idea, my kids already have thirty bazillion books and we read all the time together. Instead, I decided to do 23 (Dec 1 is Alex’s birthday party so we are going to start on the 2nd) days of family activities. From baking cookies, to Christmas stickers, to visiting Santa, to putting up our tree. There is something fun for us to do every day up to Christmas.
Family is so important. And I don’t want the kids to become trapped in the ‘what did you get for Christmas’ cycle and think it’s all about what you get.
On another note. I am totally obsessing with the fact my baby is going to be 3 in a little over a month. How did that even happen?!? Zoey is going to be 6 months old tomorrow. Nick is going to be 2 in four months.
Honestly, it feels like I just found out I was pregnant with Alex. And now here I am, almost 3 years into this parenting thing and still going strong! My kids are happy, smart, loved, loving, and healthy. (granted, Nick and Zoey have colds right now)
I am looking forward to the next month or so. I can’t wait to jump into Christmas with the kids and see the wonderment and excitement in their faces when they see the tree, the lights, the movies and shows, the crafts, Santa, and the presents under the tree.
Being a parent gives a whole new perspective to the simplest things 🙂
Love, hugs and more to come later!