Holiday Traditions

From Friday Mom – Erin:
I’m pleased to report that Rory is no longer afraid of the Christmas tree.  Having spent most of last year’s holiday season needing to carry him through our living room because he found the decorated evergreen strangely daunting, we were a bit apprehensive about bringing a new tree back into our home this year.  Thankfully, we’re starting to get a slightly better hang of how we need to set the little man’s expectations.  We started talking about the tree weeks in advance. Then, the week after Thanksgiving, we asked if he wanted to go help pick out the tree with Daddy.  Sure enough, by last Saturday morning, he was raring to go.

We put the tree up and go the lights on during his nap that afternoon, and then decorated it most of the way during his nap the following day.  We set aside five or six ornaments for him to place on the tree.  After he woke up, we realized we should have saved more.  He was so incredibly excited about helping finish the tree.  After placing all of the ornaments we’d saved, he went running to his playroom to dig out a stuffed penguin ornament that he’d kept amidst his other stuffed animals throughout the year.  With tremendous pride, he found it a new resting place for the season on a low-hanging bough.  Amazing what a difference a year makes.

Charlotte, on the other hand, isn’t quite sure what to make of the tree.  She’s very confused about why we pick her up each time she starts grabbing at the low hanging ornaments, and she’s particularly ornery when we pull her away from the tree skirt.  I’m pretty certain Christmas morning with her is going to be quite the juggling act.  But, it’s fun to watch the both take in the season in their different ways.  I’m sure no two holiday seasons will ever be quite the same, and I’m looking forward to continuing to celebrate this first Christmas as a family of four together.


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