I have been pondering so many thoughts about our first Christmas as parents. Everyone keeps telling me this year doesn't matter because he is too young to understand, but my husband and I want to be able to remember his first Christmas as a family even if our little Spencer doesn't.
Kyle and I have started some of our own traditions as a couple and now we can include our son. One of our traditions is opening one present on Christmas Eve, which is always pajamas. So this year, including Spencer we bought him the cutest little elf pj's, I will be sure to post pictures. We're currently on the search to find matching ones for all of us. Because that's just who we are.
We've never been parents on Christmas, but from what we hear it's better to have kids on Christmas then be a kid on Christmas, we're already feeling this to be true. We've bought him gifts (all from Santa), were stuffing his stocking and we cannot wait to see him tear open the paper on that magical morning. What I am starting to worry about is will we as parents be able to live up to the Christmases that we had as children. I know this sounds silly, but growing up my little brother and I always had the best Christmases. I mean I can't describe to you the feeling I still get walking into my parent's home on Christmas morning. I still feel like the kid running down the stairs, only now I get to drink mimosas. My parents always made sure Christmas was magical and I, along with my brother, couldn't be more grateful for the holiday spirit they've instilled in us. I mean I even track Santa on the Nordic app, don't believe, don't receive. But, most importantly they taught us it's always better to give than to receive. And this is where being a parent on Christmas comes in... As a parent it's all about giving and it's such a beautiful thing. All of the time parents take to make their children's Christmas amazing, all the traditions they pass down or start a new one. What were doing here is making memories and hoping that one day our children take with them the traditions we've showed them and carry them on into their own families and also start new ones.
For our tiny family this means a real Christmas tree, a train circling around it, baking and decorating cookies, opening stockings last, drinking some mimosas, the famous Christmas casserole, Christmas Eve pajamas, Grammy writing the letter from Santa (handed down to Gigi) Christmas Eve at nana and papas, Christmas Day at Gigi and papas but, most importantly that our children always wake up in their own home on Christmas morning. My parents always made sure we woke up in our own beds on that magical day and Kyle and I will do the same.
I hope all of your holidays are magical and full of family and friends. It doesn't matter what holiday you celebrate but, rather that you're surrounded by loved ones.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
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