One of the greatest pleasures of having kids is that they make many of life’s most mundane activities more fun, like grocery shopping or unloading the dishwasher. But this year, with Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving and Christmas on the way, I cannot get over how much fun it is to have a three year old during the holidays! Halloween has never been so fun as it was this year. Whether we were in the car or running with the baby jogger, Don would get so excited to see Halloween decorations, “Mommy look, they have Halloween. Oooo, and look they have a hellicun” (his pronunciation of skeleton). I found myself looking forward to these times and creating new ways to keep the spirit alive, whether by drawing pictures of pumpkins, witches and skeletons or reading Halloween books and watching Halloween movies. I felt like a kid again and LOVED it.
Now with Christmas rapidly approaching, I’m talking to Don about Santa Claus and having him think about what he would want to include on a list. I started a list (mostly because I’ve lost all memory since having my second child) that I show him to let him know that if he continues to be a good listener, he might just get what he asks for on Christmas morning! Although I’m a firm believer in waiting until after Thanksgiving to play Christmas music and decorate, I cannot wait to start celebrating all that the holiday season has to offer. Time certainly flies by, so I’m making a point to enjoy these moments of pure joy and excitement. I’ve already gotten my gift this year. Getting to experience the holidays through my son’s excitement is all the gift I will ever need.
What do you do to make this time of year exciting? What are some of your favorite family traditions?