Sometimes having children causes you to experience life as a child all over again.
We excitedly stop and stare and point at fields full of grazing geese. We “ooh!” and “aahh!” at every airplane and bird passing overhead. And there is something tremendously exciting about squishing play dough in your hands or splashing in a tub full of bubbles.
Everyone’s heard the saying that sometimes the box is more fun that what’s inside? It’s definitely true at our house!
It’s because of this unbridled childhood excitement for all things that Christmas truly delivered.
Tristan especially, at three and a half, is at an amazing age to really experience the magic of Christmas. He truly believes and it takes such little effort to elicit amazing displays of joy and excitement.
Every activity we did turned out to be “one of the greatest things ever!” which makes this mama only want to find better, even more exciting activities to keep us busy every day. It’s so rewarding to see such delight spread on the faces of my children, and it makes the activities fun for me as well to get to share these precious first experiences.
Exhibit # 1: Our mitten Advent Calendar. Each day throughout the month, a note, a treat or a small gift awaited Tristan. The kid never missed a beat (often reminding me to stuff that day’s mitten!)
Then of course there is writing a letter to Santa….
… and the excitement that follows when he actually sends you video in return!
Top all that off with baking a seemingly endless supply of Christmas cookies, making crafts and homemade gifts, and sprinkling sparkling reindeer food on the front lawn, and it was a pretty busy month (leading to poor Tristan being fast asleep by 5:00 Christmas Day!)
But oh we had fun! It was a great holiday filled with joy and time spent with family. I hope your Christmas delivered as much as ours did.