We just celebrated your first Christmas season. It was the three of us for the actual holiday this year since Dad had to work the day before and day after. On Christmas morning, you opened presents from Santa (he brought you something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read) but were much more interested in the letter he left you. We spent the day in our PJs, ate pancakes, watched movies and cooked soup in the crock-pot. It was slow and special, like all of our days together.
The night before, on Christmas Eve, we dressed up and went to church. You wore everything remotely red that fit and was clean including a 3-6 month hand-me-down red velvet dress that I couldn't button all the way. For the most part, you were quiet and interested in the Christmas service. I, on the other hand, fought the giggles and spent most of it pinching myself. This was my 29th Christmas Eve service, but the very first one where I was the mama with the baby girl in the red dress. It was surreal.
When we got home it was nearly bedtime so you went to sleep and Dad and I cooked cheese fondue. We decided fondue is perfect for a "once-a-year treat." It was a last minute choice for the two of us, but I bet it will become our most prized Christmas Eve tradition.
I took you to see Santa on December 23rd. We got there 20 minutes before he arrived for the day and we were still 6th in line. It was a bit of a hassle and production, but I am so glad we made the effort. You looked at me like I was insane when I set you on this stranger's lap, but there were no tears. I think you're saving those up for next year. I love your bewildered expression almost as much as I love those heart tights.
Yes, Christmas with a kiddo is pretty special. I can't believe all that we have to look forward to and imagine each year will be more exciting. As the years pass, you'll begin to get it. We will teach you the Christmas story and the joy that comes from giving and receiving. But this year, Dad and I got to "get it" and sweet girl, we are so in love.
yours forever, Mama.