(posted on my blog last night)
What does Christmas morning look like for you?
Our house? As easy going as I can possibly make it. That means I take all gifts for my Devil Pup, and now for Hooty and Pooty as they had one that needed assembly, out of their boxes and make sure that what needs to be put together gets put together. This way, all he has to do Christmas morning, when it’s time for presents, is unwrap and play.
Last Christmas my son was 2 ½ and it was the first year he was really excited about the unwrapping and the presents. Still wasn’t quite getting the whole Santa thing, but the fact there was lots of new things under the tree for him to play with, as well as a new basket ball hoop and trike waiting for him in the middle of the room, was just pure joy and excitement for him. And, magical for me and the Mr.
It was awesome to watch him open a gift and see his eyes just light up. Then he played with it. Didn’t rush to rip open the next present under the tree. He played with the one he just opened. Was thrilled he had a new toy in his hand. It didn’t matter that there was more. He loved that he had a new toy, and played with that one new toy. And after an hour or so, maybe less maybe more, he finally noticed that there were more unwrapped gifts under the tree. He’d carefully pick which one he wanted to open next, and the joy and magic started all over again. And Christmas, the magic and wonderment of it all, literally lasted all day.
I loved it. And all the while when I was preassembling and wrapping his gifts two nights before Christmas, thinking I was making life easier on my by not having to do it Christmas morning, little did I realize that by doing all of this I was adding to the magic. I wasn’t making my day better or easier, I made my sons day better, which is what actually made my day better.
So this year, as I’m sitting here now opening boxes and preassembling gifts, I’m looking forward to the magic I’m hopefully also preassembling. To sit there with my coffee and my camera and just enjoying the moment with my family. Yes, it does make life SO MUCH EASIER, but more importantly more enjoyable. For all.