Holiday season is HERE and as much as everyone enjoys the cozy, fun, family-filled days, they can be a little hectic. When it was just Dominic and I and we were younger, it was a little easier. We kind of just rolled with it all, spent time with both families, and that was that.
As we got older, we got a better handle on migrating each of our family’s traditions into our routine– half the day by his family, half the day by mine, and if the day wasn’t completely over, then a little time at the end of the day, for just the two of us.
Once we threw a baby into the mix, it all seemed a little more hectic. We wanted both of our families to see her, but we also wanted that special time, just the three of us to make our own memories, and have our own traditions. At first it kind of seemed impossible that we’d have that special time, just our little family, but after a little bit of time, I think we’re finally getting the hang of it all.
We have A LOT of Holiday Traditions. Let me do a quick breakdown (even though you’ll probably hear about each one later on): we have two Thanksgivings (next year there will be a third- a Friendsgiving!), two cookie days, three Christmases on Dominic’s side, two on mine, two of our own, a trip to Navy Pier for the Winter Wonderfest, a cold trip to downtown Chicago to visit the big tree at Macy’s and the German Christmas Festival.
So like I said….hectic. But fun. And Olivia has made everything a hell of a lot more fun.
You take the hectic with the fun, you know?
Now that basically everywhere is decorated for the holidays, there’s pretty much a Christmas tree everywhere we go and Olivia now knows that they’re called Christmas Trees. She’s kind of obsessed….and I definitely don’t blame her.
I have always loved the holiday season. The hustle and bustle, the lights on the trees inside and outside, the special traditions…all of the holiday magic, how can anyone hate it?
And every year since we’ve had Olivia, it’s been better. This is her third holiday season, and the best one yet. I know I’ll probably say that every year, but then I probably wouldn’t be a mother if I didn’t, amiright?
One of the best things about having kids is the way they put certain things into perspective. Their outlook on life is one that should be looked up to. If we all thought like them, saw this world in the magical way that it is, I think we’d all be better for it. Olivia has taught me to really take the time to sit down and appreciate this life, mundane tidbits and all. Granted the holiday spirit is far from mundane, it’s still something I’ve been used to for the past 23 years. Decorating for Christmas is more an annual routine, exciting, yes, but not nearly as spectacular as Olivia has made it seem this year.
We put up our tree and some decorations this past weekend and she is so absolutely mesmerized by all of the glitz and bright lights. It was so awesome to see how excited she got every time something new went up. Granted it take a little bit longer to get everything up and decorated, it was fun to watch her help us……And by help us I mean put all of our Christmas Tree ornaments up at her height.
Hey, she did the best she could.
We outlined our living room ceiling in colorful lights (one of Dominic’s favorite things), and she has already begun the routine of, “Good morning, Christmas lights! Night night, Christmas lights!” The first night we put them up, she couldn’t even fall asleep in her own room. She didn’t want to leave these new found lights in her home. So I grabbed the blanket off of our couch (yes, I bought the one from Target!), and rocked her to sleep.
It took her a while to go to sleep for the night, but I didn’t mind. I loved staring at her, stare at the lights. She didn’t even realize that while she was mesmerized bye the lights, I was mesmerized by her.
Her feelings and emotions are so raw. And that’s what I love about her. She’s not pretending to be beside herself with happiness every time she sees a Christmas tree, or the lights on our ceiling, she really is THAT happy. And there is nothing like getting to see that, to be a part of that, to have created that.
Witnessing the magic of Christmas fill our baby and pour through her eyes, there’s pretty much nothing else like it.