I love Christmas! I love everything about it: peppermint mochas, caroling, looking at Christmas lights, shopping for Christmas presents, getting an Angel Tree child, cutting down the tree, seeing everyone dressed in red sweaters, nativity scenes, receiving cards in the mail from all over the country, dressing my boys up in their Santa hats.
Every year I get so excited as soon as Thanksgiving is over. There is so much excitement and anticipation in the air. Judah and Samuel don't really grasp the concept of Christmas, but I'm still excited for them. This is the first year Judah, somewhat understands everything. He told Santa that he wants "cake" for Christmas. We're not going to do the whole "Santa thing." Eric doesn't feel right about lying to him and telling him Santa is real. So, we've told him Santa is pretend (although, he doesn't know what "pretend" means). We'll probably treat him like one of the characters at Disneyland. Fun, but not real. When he's a little older I, also, want to teach him about Saint Nicholas.
This morning we had breakfast with Santa. Judah did surprisingly well on his lap, even after telling us, "No like Santa!"
If you want to see some hilarious, I mean Eric & I were both laughing hysterically, pictures of kids on Santa's lap click here.
Here's our Christmas conversation we have:
Me: Who's birthday is Christmas?
Judah: Baby Jesus
M: Who is Jesus' mama?
M: Who is Jesus' papa?
J: God [ummm, how do you explain Joseph AND God?]
M: Who does God love?
J: Baby Jesus
M: Who else?
J: Mary...Papa...Judah...Mama...Baby Samuel
So, it's a start, huh?
Anyway, back to the whole anticipation about Christmas thing. I remember last year I was so excited about Christmas. We took Judah to see the Christmas lights at my favorite place (Songbird off Keefer for you Chico people) and he loved it. I mostly go to look at the incredible houses, but the lights are fun, too.
But, then Christmas came and it just wasn't as exciting at the days leading up to it. Christmas is kind of a let down for me now. Can anyone related? As a kid after Christmas you had all of these new toys to play with and now..ummm...it's just not the same. I love reading other people's wishlists and I really want to make one of my own, but I really can't even think of anything that I want. So, we'll just have to do more special things before Christmas.
Last night we had our Christmas party. There was a lot less people than we expected, but it was so fun! I've been wanting to play Cranium for awhile and I finally got my chance. It is the best game ever!