Holiday Favorites

Having a child about to enjoy her first holiday really makes you think about what is important about the holiday and what you want to be sure they experience.  Of course, there is the whole true meaning of the holiday, reason for the season, etc.  That’s important and as this photo of LC playing with her Little People Nativity set shows, we take that part seriously.  (So seriously that the Angel Gabriel is riding a camel on top on the stable. And she may be pounding one of the Wise Men into the ground.  Alas.)photo (1)

But I’m talking about the other holiday stuff.  "Jingle Bells. You know, Santa Claus and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls.”  So what are some of my favorites I want to share with LC this year?

Tradition:  decorating the tree.  LC sat by us while we did this and did try to eat the Duke basketball ornament, but I’m not sure the specialness of my favorite tradition was truly appreciated.  For now I will just be happy that she has not attempted to take down the tree or eat any lights.

Christmas song*:  I am excited to take LC to midnight mass and listen to the carols at our church.  There is always something so warm and cozy about Christmas night mass and the carols.  I love O Come All Ye Faithful.  Sure, part of my excitement is that I expect that LC will sleep through the entire mass for the first time in a long while, but I know how special sharing this with her and A will be this year.

Ballet:  Ok, so there is probably really only one Christmas ballet, but I cannot wait to bring LC.  (I may have tried to get A to let me take LC to the Nutcracker this year, but he suggested that the $60 tickets might be wasted at this point in her life)  My mom used to take me to the Nutcracker every year.  Last year when we found out we were having a girl, A asked me what I was most looking forward to and it was taking her to the Nutcracker.

Food:  Egg nog.  In many forms.  A wise man once said, ‘Tis the season. . .We only get thirty sweet noggy days. Then the government takes it away again.”  In my coffee, in my cookies, straight up.  A hates it, so I don’t even have to share.  I guess LC needs to wait to enjoy this benefit of the holiday season, but for now she’ll have to take my word for it.

Photos: Exploitative photos of Cal and B-Cat at the holidays have already brought a great deal of joy to us.  We will not let a baby slow us down.

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* Maybe my favorite Christmas song is Please Be Home for Christmas by the Eagles.  Ok, it’s not even that.  It’s Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses.  O Come All Ye Faithful is a close third though.

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