When I started seeing Christmas decorations in late October, I started to get my Grinch on, but now that the big day is getting closer, my enthusiasm is growing. This weekend, we got the tree, pulled out the decorations and transformed the house.
Watching Lindsay unwrap her favorite ornaments (The dog in the Santa hat! The skater girl! The giant purple gaudy thing!), I remembered how it felt to be 7 years old, with 2 weeks to go. I could feel the excitement…the magic…the desperate impatience. Later that night, Lindsay brought out the Christmas books–some that belonged to me as a child–and I felt the comforting timelessness of the holidays.
Waking this morning at his usual pre-dawn hour, Bohdie charged down the stairs with me dragging behind. My little perpetual motion machine stopped in his tracks when he saw the tree. During his deep, toddler-style sleep, he had forgotten: there’s a tree in the house! With trains underneath! I flipped on the lights and he was simply awed. And believe me, Bohdie doesn’t awe easily. Even Whoopsie caught the spirit of the season, relinquishing her favorite Christmas squeak toy to Balder. I sipped my coffee and smiled.
Our kids and pets know that most of the magic of the holiday season doesn’t cost a penny. Special moments unfold, tucked in between the hubbub and the rush. We just need to take the time to notice and enjoy. Check out our happy holiday video!