I know I’m not the first person to say how it’s hard to believe this year’s Christmas has come and gone already and that we’ll be ringing in 2017 this coming weekend – but it is so true!
This year’s Christmas was wonderful and special because we kept it simple. While we missed going to Maine to visit Tommy’s side of the family (our original Christmas plan), about two months ago we decided to spend Christmas at our house and just chill. Each member of our little family had been busy traveling for various purposes throughout the year, especially towards the end, so the idea of not driving, flying, or packing for the Christmas holidays was very appealing to us. It’s certainly not as plug-and-play when you have a 19-month-old and a doggy. 🙂
This was Ava’s second Christmas and definitely the most fun so far because she was old enough to notice more things now (our Christmas tree lights and ornaments, wrapped presents (“oooh, what’s that”?!), Santa, and so much more. Obviously as she gets older all of these things and more will come into bigger focus, but it was an awesome glimpse into the future.
We were fortunate to have one of my mom’s college best friend’s stay with us over Christmas, which added to the cheer and fun.
One Christmas tradition I love and have since begun with Ava’s first Christmas last year is giving everyone “Christmas Pajamas” on Christmas Eve to wear that night.
Once Ava was fast asleep (at 7pm!) mom and dad got to work building the gifts from Santa. (I had already wrapped all the Christmas presents earlier in the week). While I was pregnant with Ava I had a few good conversations with parents about how they “did” Christmas with their kids in terms of what presents came from Santa and what presents came from mom and dad. A majority of the parents I talked to had settled on 1-2 big presents + the stocking came from Santa, and all the other gifts came from mom and dad. (This isn’t counting gifts from extended family members or friends). That seemed reasonable to me so I think that is what Tommy and I plan to do for our kid(s).
Pretty soon it was Christmas morning! Little Miss woke up at 7am on the dot. The first thing she noticed when she woke up were Tommy’s Christmas PJs (I promise they are coming) and then as soon as she walked into the dining room she spotted her basketball hoop!
She loved shooting hoops for a solid 20 minutes before walking into her play room and spotting the kitchen!
It amused the adults that Ava would rather eat pretend food than her real breakfast for another 20 minutes, but then soon hunger called everyone to the dining room table. 🙂
Since Ava was more than occupied with her gifts from Santa and two other wrapped presents from under the tree on Christmas Day, we actually spread out her Christmas present opening over several days and I really liked that we did it this way. It wasn’t intentional but this way she wasn’t too overwhelmed with everything and she really got to enjoy and play with the toys she opened. I’d like to continue this system for as long as we can.
Another Christmas tradition I have started is getting Ava a Christmas ornament each year. This year I wanted to choose an ornament that reflected what Ava loves right now at this stage in her life: shoes, books, and Mickey Mouse. So I was thrilled to have found this book ornament on Etsy from Jess Polk Studio.
The rest of the day was spent hanging out in our pajamas, cooking, playing with toys, and napping.
It was perfect!