Christmas is undoubtedly my favourite time of the yr, and I hope that I go that on to KJ and Bradley as they become old. Though Christmas has been on my thoughts the final two months, it’s onerous to really begin Christmas traditions (except for the tree) earlier than the start of December. Nonetheless, in three days, we are going to start our 25 days of Christmas within the Prince family.
By the point you’re studying this, I’m virtually sure our Christmas tree is already up and adorned and possibly has been for not less than two weeks. Whoops. With the best way 2020 has been, it solely felt proper to take pleasure in our Christmas decorations for longer than a couple of weeks. Since KJ is now 2 half years previous, I’m pretty sure that I’ll have a brand new helper when it comes time to brighten the tree. I hope I’m able to flip off my perfectionist mindset lengthy sufficient to essentially benefit from the second with him. Likelihood is, as soon as KJ goes down for bedtime, I’ll have some rearranging to do.
Now that KJ is older, I’m so excited to brighten Christmas cookies and gingerbread homes with him. My child loves serving to me once I’m cooking, so I do know he will likely be over the moon with this festivity. Hopefully we are able to handle to maintain nearly all of the icing and candies on the cookies and off of our garments and ground, however any mess will likely be value it to see KJ having fun with one thing I grew up loving to do with my mother and father. Don’t fear, I will likely be shopping for him one other gingerbread home equipment to show this Christmas season.
No Christmas in our home could be full with out the youngsters receiving their Christmas Eve present bins. We began this custom for KJ’s first Christmas at eight months previous and plan to proceed it all through KJ and Bradley’s childhood, teenage years, maturity and finally to our future grandkids. After our Christmas Eve dinner, every baby will get a field to open. On this field are their Christmas pajamas, themed socks, a Christmas film, their favourite snack and a e book. We then spend the remainder of the night studying them their new books and watching their new films in our matching pajamas. (I extremely advocate sporting matching Christmas PJs.) It’s so particular to look again on our Christmas morning footage and see how we now have modified and grown — even when it has solely been two years’ value for us to this point.
A few of my fondest recollections of Christmas rising up had been when my mother and father would drive my brother and me round city wanting on the lights and listening to carols on Christmas Eve. Typically, our rides would solely final an hour however different journeys would span from Collins to Purvis and all through Jones County. We might reminisce on earlier Christmases and share what we hoped Santa would deliver. The evening by no means really ended till our dad made us endure Dolly Parton’s rendition of “Arduous Sweet Christmas.”
Final yr, my mother was relentless on taking KJ and Paisley (his cousin) to Harbor Lights in Gulfport. Fortunately, we had been all capable of share that have with Mother this previous Christmas. My brother and I had made plans to proceed that custom this yr, however I suppose it’s becoming that Hurricane Zeta canceled Harbor Lights this yr. This yr’s gentle present location remains to be unsure, however I do know one factor is for positive — “Arduous Sweet Christmas” will likely be performed.
I do know as the youngsters become old, our traditions will develop and evolve some, however I hope that I instill the magic of Christmas into them that they are going to stick with it to their future youngsters someday. I can not wait to have the ability to get extra in-depth on the true that means of Christmas and add particular traditions to commemorate the start of Jesus greater than the act of receiving presents.
Right here’s to 25 (and most probably extra) days of making Christmas traditions for KJ and Bradley Kate in a world filled with uncertainties