Yesterday was a good day. Scratch that...a great day! Honestly, I was dreading it. Back to the grind after 5 days off, a holiday and my family was gone. But it felt good to get back to normal. And we put up a lot of our decorations on Sunday so it helped waking up and seeing our house decked out in decorations. Plus Saw was all smiles and we had big plans after work to head to the Christmas Tree Farm.
It was so fun. We took lots of pictures and got a perfect tree.
After we got home and started to deck the tree. He was amazed at the lights. Watching his eyes light up, taking it all in, made decorating so much more fun.
And if I'm being totally honest, I even had a fleeting thought about not doing as much decorating this year because we leave in less than 3 weeks to go home, we won't be here on Christmas, it's a lot of work for less than 3 weeks, blah, blah, blah. And then I thought, who am I kidding! This is my child's very 1st Christmas and I don't care if it's only to enjoy for 3 hours, he is worth every second of "work". Just to see his little face take in all the wonder that is this time of year!
I know...mother of the year, right! But this happened in about .2 seconds while I was clicking and obviously I pulled it right out but it was so cute I wanted to share. Everything is straight to the mouth!
I know, I've said it a million times...a baby changes everything. Including the holidays. I've always loved this time of year and all the traditions that come with it. I was lucky to grow up with a pretty awesome family and some pretty awesome traditions. And now I'm no longer just someones child following the traditions my parents started.
Now, I'm the mom. And it's up to me to start our own family traditions or continue existing ones. Everything that my kids remember about this time of year will be from what I (we) instill in them. And I want to be intentional about it. I want them to feel the magic of the season and I want them to always remember the real reason we celebrate CHRISTmas. Starting now...even though Saw won't remember anything from this year, we will. We will remember everything about his very 1st Christmas.