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The Joy of Christmas With Toddlers

christmasTime passes quick. This is a lesson I’ve learned from having children. We have two older kids, ages 10 and 8. During the toddler years with both of them, I was busy at work. We had a great caregiver for them that made sure each Christmas was enjoyed with crafts and outings. Work took priority and we made the best with the time we had with them while they were young. Now that they are tweens, things like enjoying Christmas lights are no longer interesting.

Thankfully, we have two more toddlers and we are trying our best to raise them intentionally knowing that soon they too will grow up. While I still work, times are different now. Schedules are flexible and being able to recognize priorities has changed how we are raising these kids.

This Christmas season has been a great reminder to enjoy the little things with our toddlers.

The first night we had our Christmas tree lit, our 2-year-old just stood their in awe–while our 3-year-old just kept saying “it too big Mommy.”

Every house lit up with Christmas lights, no matter how fancy, is the most wonderful thing to the boys.

Santa Claus is magic.Any time his face is anywhere–from a Christmas card to the photo of our family with Santa–the boys break out into a “HO! HO! HO!”

Every night as we have been reading an Away in the Manger book, the boys know Jesus’ birthday is coming and we’ll celebrate with a party.

These moments at Christmas warm my heart. The little things mean so much to these toddlers, I just have to keep reminding myself to embrace this time and enjoy it for all it’s worth. Before we know it, they will just want to play video games.

What Christmas moments with your toddler do you most treasure?

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