Never really been into Christmas. It was always a big deal in our family (large Catholic family w/ a Mother who nearly became a nun), but I never “got into it”.
Long, long story about the Christmas experience growing up, so I won’t bore you. In any case I would prefer to not decorate or have a tree. Simply give a gift or two and call it a day. No get together with family or anything, just relax and enjoy the day & people you enjoy being with.
This Christmas my daughter is 2.5 so now she understands a lot more than last year. Today I opened a couple gifts my sister sent me and ripped the wrapping paper off like crazy. Piece by piece, no careful unwrapping here. My daughter picked up on this and when she opened her gift she did the same thing. This was the chocolate sauce on a awesome day.
The day began just like a normal weekend, she got up in the morning, we ate breakfast, played with toys, had a snack, went shopping, etc. I asked her to pick out some cookies to bake & she chose some reindeer cookies. I also happened to walk past a end isle display of hot cocoa so I picked up a box & thought that would be fun.
After her nap we “made” cookies and while they were baking I made us hot cocoa. This was the first for both. After she took a sip of the hot cocoa she turned to me and gave me a hug. Didn’t say anything, just gave me a hug. This is what made my day. She doesn’t normally do that & I wasn’t sure if she was enjoying helping bake cookies or not. I think she had a great time.
These are the types of memories I am filling my head with. Now I am hoping she tears into the presents tomorrow morning, and if she does it will make me smile and likely embed this image into my memory forever.