I hope that you are all enjoying the holidays. I'm taken a little break from my blog to spend more time with my family during this special season.
This time of year is magical when you have little ones around. I can remember when my boys were little. What fun we would have decorating the house and hanging lights outside. We would kick off the season with our trip to the Mall to see Santa Claus. We talked about what special things they hoped Santa would put under the tree. We also looked forward to all the Christmas Specials on TV about Frosty and Rudolph and the Night Before Christmas. For the first few years we opened our presents on Christmas morning. But my oldest son had such difficulty sleeping through the night on Christmas Eve (which made Christmas Day very challenging indeed) that we started to open our presents on Christmas Eve instead. We told the boys that we were one of Santa's first stops! This worked out very well and we continue to open presents on Christmas Eve to this day.
Even when the kids grew out of the Santa phase, Christmas remained a very special time of the year. Christmas programs at school were always fun. The kids also became more involved in decorating. They had some very definite ideas about what should go where on the tree. And hanging lights outside became a competitive event! Our biggest problem was keeping the ornaments on the tree. The dogs liked to eat the dough ornaments that the kids made in school and the cats used to steal things off the tree to play with.
After the boys got their driver's licenses things began to change. Although we still decorated and tried to keep up with family holiday traditions, their friends and interests outside the home took them away more and more. And that's OK. That's the way it's supposed to be. But I couldn't help but feel sad that the "magic" had faded.
But now, with three grandchildren, the magic is back! We got to write letters to Santa again and made new ornaments to hang on the tree. We took our trip to the Mall, watched the holiday specials on the TV (surprisingly they are still playing many of the same programs we watched 30 years ago!) and watched our little angels and shephards in their school play. Life is good!
I wish you all the best in 2012...