The first thing people tell you when you become a parent is that time flies.
“Enjoy every moment,” they say, a wedge of warning dangling off the edge of their voice. “They grow up quick, those babies do!”
But for most of us, we’re too busy to really heed their wisdom.
We’ve got our hands full trying to change a diaper with one hand while we attempt to keep the kid from swallowing the golf ball he or she has somehow managed to wrap their lips around (where the HELL did they get a golf ball??!!)
Then if we’re lucky enough, after about a year of chaos and memories and milestones, we turn around one day and are slammed with the hard-hitting lightning bolt of realization: those people were right!
Our kids are growing up too fast!
All of those parents who have been through this already and who warned us to savor it all because it moves swiftly: it turns out they were right. Time is a jerk. The weeks and months have been blasting past us and we’ve been too preoccupied to notice.
And nothing hurts worse than being so caught up in the holidays that, come New Year’s Day, you look over at your kids through tired eyes and mutter,” Where have you guys been for the last three weeks??!!!”
But, don’t let Christmas slip away this year though, okay? Kids really shine during that time between Thanksgiving and December 25th and with good reason; it’s the season of endless imagination and possibility and excitement.
Listen, I have been a dad now for 4 years now, and a Christmas junkie for like ten times as long as that.
And after a lot of trial and error, I think I have finally figured out some of the best ways to make the most of the holiday season with my kids.
So that when this magic season finally does arrive, we’re ready to really live it the way it was meant to be lived.
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