Bella just turned four. While each holiday season is special, this one seems even more so. It seems to be the one where she finally “gets” it. She can grasp the concept of Santa, the Elf on the Shelf, and our faith and beliefs during this time so much more than last year.
Sam and I are having so much fun watching her through these weeks. In a way, I feel like I’m reliving the excitement of my own childhood. The ever too brief years that you understand and believe in the magic of Christmas.
Tomorrow we go pick out our tree (or set up the old one – haven’t decided yet) and decorate it. Then we’ll put up all the Christmas decorations and probably splurge on a few more from Target. We let her decorate the tree. Mostly. I do love that she only decorates the bottom third, then my crazy for order personality kicks in and eventually some ornaments work their way up the tree. Thankfully she could care less.
On our tree each year are ornaments we’ve collected, but some are from my childhood and Sam’s that have been passed down to us. I remember playing with them like toys when I was little. Since they only came out in December and for a short time, it was always the biggest deal to be able to sit near the tree with my brothers and sister with the ornaments.
We’ll hang our Advent calendar, turn on the lights, and there will be that look of pure delight as she sees everything in it’s place. We even have one present to put under the tree already.
I think Christmas has to be the best time of each year with children. Having been married without kids for 5 Christmases, we know that this truly is a blessing.
However our cats, who used to get stockings and small presents wrapped for them, would probably disagree.
Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working Moms, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, Still Standing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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