Christmas is coming in full force and I am not mad about it. As much as it puts a dent in the funds coming in the house, it is so worth it especially having kids. Seeing your kids get so excited not to mention being able to pull the "Santa's watching" card is as they say the most wonderful time of the year! All the festivities and activities that lead up to Christmas Day really make it special to me. Basically every weekend we try to do at least one thing involving Christmas and Chloe being the mini me she is, loves every bit of it. So the first thing of the list was to see Santa.
To me, every kid should have a Santa pic where they're clearly terrified. It is kind of like a hazing, you know since nothing comes free in life. I remember taking Chloe, my first baby to see Santa for the first time and feeling bad that I wanted her first picture with Santa to be one where she was crying but then feeling so bad when she did but then feeling happy after we paid and saw the pictures we just paid for. Twisted, right? So, you can imagine how I felt when Mason did not cry on his first Santa pic last year, but this one above made up for it.
Another festivity we have partook in was chasing Mason off from the tree. We put up the tree within the first few days of December and literally the first day Mason pushed the tree completely over. That was one of four times so far that this little midget knocked it over. So, now we have a misshapen tree decorated only at the top with lights only at the bottom. I had so many plans for Christmas tree pics but I have come to terms with the fact that this year's decor is not going to be ideal. Within the first ten minutes of Mason waking up, he is throwing my cute Christmas throw pillow and throw blankets over the back of the couch. It is a good thing though because it has never been anything special and it was our very first tree and about time for an upgrade for next year. See below for the saddest tree you will ever see.
We have went to a light show, went to Winterfest a few times, saw Santa two times, among other things. As fun as those things are, the reason for the season is what it is all about. Out of all the wild stories that come out of The Bible (and there are some crazy ones), my favorite is the birth and story of Jesus Christ. Like most people, I get caught up in wondering if we got enough presents for the kids and why the big dude in red gets all the credit but in the end, that stuff does not matter. It is about the times spent with family and the love we feel and give. In the end, isn't that what God wants us all to be about?