Snow is falling. The wreaths are hung in our windows. Flickering candles light up the dreary afternoons. The tree is adorned with colorful ornaments. Cheery/cheesy music fills our living room each evening. We're checking out holiday festivities around our neighborhood and beyond. The Christmas lists are written. Now we just need to visit Santa and drink more hot cocoa.
I can't believe this is Ada's third Christmas. She was just a month old the first time around and a year last year. I suppose we're going over the top this year because she sort of gets it now. Well, enough to know something special is going on, but not enough to be bugging us about presents. I suppose this is a year to truly cherish!
I picked up a tiny silver tinsel tree the other day -- along with some soft or otherwise unbreakable ornaments. (I also picked up a felt advent calendar -- half price -- score for being late to the game!) The idea is that Ada would like playing with her own tree more than ours. Between a two-year-old and two rambunctious cats, our tree doesn't stand a chance.
I captured one good photo, but now the entire bottom tier is bare!
If you haven't already guessed it, "Christmas Time is Here" is my favorite holiday song. I especially like the lyric "oh, that we could always see such spirit through the year." We look forward to Christmas all year and then POOF, it's gone. And then we're left cold in the dark days of winter.
Warmth should abound regardless of impending holidays. It usually takes this season to make us truly appreciate our friends and family. We slow down, take time off, and otherwise savor the sights + smells + tastes of the season. Hopefully we'll find a way to keep the fire burning and continue the spirit a little while longer.
Thanks for all the kind words about my Toddler Gift Guide. I took a lot of time trying to make fun choices, while also keeping budgets in mind. I want to thank you guys again for sharing with me the less-is-more gifting approach, it's had a huge impact on how we do things and will in the years to come!
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