Tonight, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Come tomorrow morning the tree will come down (if I can get my act together), the nutcrackers will be packed away in tissue paper (if I can find the time) and things will return to normal. So, before it’s too late, I want to share some photos from our jolly holiday.
This was our 3rd holiday season as parents and I have to say that Christmas with a two-year-old is significantly more fun than Christmas with a one-year-old or six-month-old. Last year, Simeon was still confused by the whole ordeal and expressed a paralyzing fear of any toy that made noise (which was almost all of them). At six-months, the noisy screech made by ripped wrapping paper scared him stiff and he cried whenever a family member exclaimed over a gift (which happened exactly 7,000 times). Basically, until this year, Christmas morning involved a lot of crying.
But a two-year-old at Christmas? That’s where it’s at. He’s finally old enough to understand that each package contains a goody worth getting psyched about but he’s still young enough to get his mind blown no matter what the package contains. He would drop his jaw and gasp regardless of whether he opened a button down shirt or a toy guitar. His excitement over the clementines in his stocking was equal to his delight in the mini-train-set from his great grandmother. It was the sweetest.
Simeon closed the morning by giving what Greg called “the best Christmas gift ever”: he feel asleep in his Dad’s arms. Sim never does this anymore unless he’s bone tired. I was wondering why the naptime routine was taking so long. Turns out, daddy’s like to rock sleeping toddler babies as much as mommies do.
I’m just four weeks away from my due date so this Christmas was also one for looking ahead. Next year we’ll have a little duo. Double the cheer. Double the joy. Double the love. I don’t know how we’ll do it– but we’ll manage somehow.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good New Years Eve!
What has been your favorite Christmas age with your kids so far? Did you dig Christmas with a two-year-old? Will three and four-years-old be even more fun? Is there a worst Christmas age for kids?