In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I was incredibly excited about the prospect of Fern having her first Christmas experience and I was really excited about seeing her open presents for the first time. I know a lot of people say that it doesn’t really matter much for the first Christmas, since they’re not really old enough to care, but the fact that Fern is 11 months old made me confident in the idea that she would care…at least a little.
Well, I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear this (OK, or probably not), but when we had Christmas celebration #1 on Sunday Fern joined the ranks of all the other babies before her who didn’t give a rat’s behind about present opening. After seeing the first present, she crawled off and couldn’t be tricked into showing any more enthusiasm for her subsequent presents. Cest la vie.
But, I have learned my lesson. When we have our own little family Christmas on Tuesday morning, it will be more about the experience of present opening than the actual gifts inside – i.e. I’m wrapping up a bunch of random crap and gifting it to my baby.
Check out what gems Fern will be receiving come Christmas morning…
Her Beloved Purple Phone 1 of 7Fern loves this purple phone. I am not exaggerating in the slightest about her undying devotion for this thing. Every morning after getting dressed and having breakfast she immediately races for this thing. We have friends who have the same one and she makes a mad dash for it when we're over there too. She carries it around all day, every day. So I'm pretty sure she'll be stoked to see it unwrapped. It'll be like the first time all over again!
Musical Shaker 2 of 7This is another favorite - plus, it'll be fun to shake the box ahead of time and get her curious about the contents inside the box.
Pinecones 3 of 7Fern is forever trying to eat the decorative cinnamon pinecones I have in a basket in our house. So, I figured why not just give in on this magical day?
Bananas 4 of 7Obsessed does not even begin to describe Fern's feelings toward these potassium-filled fruits. When we see them at the grocery store, waving hands and excited grunts ensue. So, why not wrap some up for her to open when she's ready for a snack break?
Kitchen Utensils 5 of 7She likes pulling these out of my kitchen drawers, so I'm pretty sure she'll like pulling them out of a wrapped up box.
Throw Pillow 6 of 7There's not a whole lot of reasoning behind this, mostly just the fact that I think she'll wonder why the heck she just received the throw pillows from our couch.
Our Dog 7 of 7OK...so, pretty sure this isn't actually humane, but if it were (maybe poking some air holes in the box?) I would LOVE to wrap up our dog in a gigantic box. The expression on Fern's face would be truly priceless.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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