Christmas Spirit

I never understood when people said “next year will be the year he really gets into Christmas”.  I thought my kid enjoyed the holidays last year (at age 2 1/2) but what a difference a year makes!

This year he is so into the holiday spirit! From decorating gingerbread cookies (this has been a family tradition of ours since he was a baby), watching Christmas specials, helping decorate our tree, asking me all about my special ornaments, jumping out of bed each morning to open his lego advent calendar, counting down the days, driving around the city at night and hearing him yell “Christmas lights” with so much excitement every time he spots a festive home, FINALLY grasping the concept of the “elf on the shelf“, and making the connection about the true meaning of Christmas.

Last night after saying prayers, I told him Bob (his elf) would have a good report for Santa tonight since he was such a good boy. All the sudden, he became concerned, here is our dialogue:

The kid: “mommy, we don’t have a fireplace, what will Santa do?”

Me: “Santa is magical, he will be able to get in. He’ll probably use the front door. You can listen for him! I’ll even leave your bedroom door open since you have a perfect view of the Christmas tree!”

The kid: “where will Rudolph be?”

Me: “On the roof! You will probably hear him prancing or perhaps even his bell! Let’s leave carrots for him. After Santa enjoys your cookies and milk, he will take carrots up to Rudolph!”

The kid: “Rudolph is not a rabbit Mommy”.

I love watching the twinkle in his eye when he talks about Santa or feeling warmth in my heart when he hears Jesus and says “mommy has a book about him”. He is not just focused on the commercial aspects of Christmas, but also grasping the true meaning!

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4 Thoughts to “Christmas Spirit”

  1. I love how much he is into it this year. We have started the jammies on Christmas Eve and the magical pen to record what he wants so he can look back but I can not wait till Elf on the Shelf! Of course we are looking forward to the religious aspects as well. I think we may do the birthday cake tradition. Poor little guy is just old enough to understand something different is going on but not sure what! We can’t wait to start all the other family traditions in our new town! Tell C his cookies look yummy and maybe we could do a cookie decorating one afternoon before Christmas?? B would love it!

  2. We do cupcakes on Christmas eve to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Jammies are always delivered under the tree Christmas eve so C is in cute attire for Christmas morning photos. 🙂

    We love cookie decorating so come on over!!!

    Just wait, the elf on the shelf is a miracle worker. I really would love to keep him out ALL YEAR!

  3. I hear that the Elf on the Shelf worked on older kids. We could use him.

    I love how as each year passes they start to enjoy the magic of the holiday season more and more. This year Andrew knows who Santa is and can say Santa… it’s so cute!

  4. The Elf really works with my son (he is 3 1/2). I also found these great personalized videos you can make from Santa. We have made a naughty and a nice one! They are VERY effective with my kid! http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/prepare-a-message

    Too cute! Andrew is going to have so much fun on Christmas morning!

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