Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Meaning of Christmas

 Heart shape candle and baubles
Well...I had an amazing Christmas! We spent time with my in-laws...we ate, we laughed and enjoyed each others company.  Looking forward to using the amazing gift we got from them!  Christmas day my family came to our house.  My dad cooked and brought fantastic dad in the world! This is the first time my family spent Christmas at our house.  Usually we're traveling for Christmas so it was a nice change.  I love waking up on Christmas day in our house, making breakfast, opening presents that are under our tree.  I love seeing the look on our little ones faces when they open their gifts...especially when it was exactly what they wanted from Santa :) This was my baby's first Christmas! She smiled and giggled and was truly loved :) all our girls got lots of presents.  The smile on their little faces are priceless.  I got exactly what I wanted from my loving husband.    I am truly blessed to have amazing family.  We ate great food, had great conversations and shared the love.  That's what Christmas is all about...spending time with loved ones. 

Merry Christmas from our family to yours :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Family Traditions

Fireplace with Christmas decoration                                                                                                
The Christmas season is a busy time of year.  The malls are packed with Christmas shoppers and the roads are busy.  Lots of people take most of their vacation at Christmas to spend time with their family.  

Every year during the holidays we drive up north to my in-laws to spend a few days and then we spend some time at my parents' house.  I usually have to pack for me and our girls, but this year we're going to my in-laws for the day on Christmas Eve and then my parents are coming to our house Christmas day, so no packing for me!  Yey!  

I really enjoy waking up in our house Christmas morning.  My husband and I make breakfast while the girls are sleeping.  When the girls wake up they run downstairs excited to open their presents.  Once all the presents are open we spend the rest of the day eating, laughing and watching Christmas specials.  Our girls love "Mickey's Christmas Carol" and my husband and I enjoy "It's a Wonderful Life."

What are your Christmas family traditions?



Monday, December 10, 2012

Children Believing in Santa Claus

It's the Christmas season!  The time of year when families get together to enjoy great food and conversation.  When you drive down the street and almost every house is decorated with beautiful lights.  It's a magical time of year for children.  They get to have lots of treats and watch Christmas movies with their loved ones.  Mommies and daddies tell their children the one thing they wanted for Christmas is from Santa Claus.

Every Christmas my husband and I hide all the wrapped presents and put them under the tree Christmas eve after our children have gone to bed.  Christmas morning when our children wake up they run downstairs and their faces light up when they see all the presents.  The other day my five year old came up to me and told me what she wanted from Santa Claus this year.  She drew a picture of each thing and handed it to me.  I assured her that Santa Claus would remember the things she wanted.  We were all at Walmart last week and she ran towards a specific toy and wrapped her arms around it.  She told us she really, really wanted it for Christmas.  We told her that Santa Claus would probably get that for her for Christmas.  She smiled as was very happy to hear that.  Every year we stuff stockings full of goodies for our children and they assume they're from Santa Claus.  My husband and I have a blast watching animated Christmas shows with our children.  It's nice to cuddle on the couch with them and enjoy our family time during the holidays.  In my opinion, I think children believing in Santa Claus is fun for the parents too.  Hiding the presents and seeing their reaction.

Christmas is a special time for families.  It's a time for caring and sharing.  It's the time of year when children enjoy the company of the ones they love the most.  For children, it's a time for imagination, so lets keep the spirit of Santa Claus alive.

Does your little one believe in Santa Claus?