There is no denying the fact that children make the holidays much more alive. Their enthusiasm, wonder, and sheer joy over the excitement of songs, decorations, and experiences lend to a truly magical experience even for the adults. The boys are now both old enough to really take on the holiday spirit and consider all things Santa - or rather Christmas!
The festivities kicked off with finding the perfect Christmas tree and more importantly helping to make sure it was trimmed and placed perfectly in the stand. Having two boys in love with construction (just like their architect father) means the tools and process of bringing the tree into our house is much more exciting than actually finding the tree. Whether measuring to check height, sawing at the base to ensure just the right cut, or clipping excess branches, these little helpers waste no time getting into the project.
This year also brought a big change in the boys' overall awareness of the holiday spirit. The were equally excited about playing Christmas carols in the house, decorating the tree, and wrapping presents for family. Big A had many more questions about Santa this year and a few of my favorites include:
"Mommy, why doesn't Santa use an airplane?"
"Mommy, there are too many presents under the tree. Where is Santa going to put the present he brings?"
"Mommy, why does Santa say 'ho, ho, ho'? And, how can we ask him if we have to sleep at night when he comes?"
Each morning since the tree arrived has included a stop to say "Good Morning Christmas tree! Good Morning twinkle lights!" as the boys come downstairs and walk by. The constant enthusiasm and unrelenting wonder has been one of my most favorite parts of the season this year. No matter how hectic life is, how tired I am, or what else is weighing on my mind, these moments take my breadth away and remind me what the holidays are really about. This is when I stop and think, "this is all going by so quickly!"
Since Big A turned four just a few weeks ago, I decided to introduce a new tradition of going to see the Nutcracker. I wasn't sure how smoothly this would go given the length of the show and Big A's generally tendency to have a tough time with noise levels. In the end the experience was wonderful, albeit my instincts being spot on about the length of the show (first act was a breeze while the second act was more challenging for him to stay interested in) and volume (he wore his winter hat throughout to muffle the sound). There is something about establishing our own family traditions that tugs at my heart more and more as the boys grow. I am not typically one for the sentimental, but as more of each of their personalities is revealed it is incredibly powerful to support their interests and provide opportunities for them to expand themselves.
If you notice things a little quieter around StrongTots (and more so over the next week or two) it is due in large part to some time away from work, social media, and all things technology. You can find us fully engrossed in serious holiday activity, family time, and general merriment!
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday (whatever you celebrate)! We look forward to kicking off the New Year with plenty of fun!
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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