I've always been a huge fan of the Christmas season, but "they" (whoever they are) are right...it's even better with kids. I mean, I didn't really doubt that...but now I just have first-hand proof. Last year was great, but Millie was too young to really understand or notice anything.
This year? She notices. Not sure she understands, but there is some definite noticing going on!!
|MOMMMMYYYY!!! I noticed these awesome antlers and I want to wear them all the time! I can match the kitty on my shirt!|
I put our big balls (heh) on a small tree in our front yard. THIS IS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD in Millie's opinion. She lives for going out to touch the decorations. If she sees them through an open window- frantic pointing and grunting ensues. If she sees them when we're going to get in the car- forget it, we're making a trip over so that she can touch each one. It's funny/time consuming. BUT it does come in handy if she's pitching a fit...a visit to the Christmas balls results in instant happiness!!
|They are magical.|
|Oh but wait, there's that thing over there...|
|Sure, I'll play with beads and look cute...but I'll make this sick-looking face while I'm doing it!|
|Better snap pictures fast...I don't stay still for long, Mama!|
|...Cause I gotta give my BFF the pink wise man a hug.|
Although all characters are not appreciated equally. In the eyes of Millie, the nativity players are ranked like this:
Most Awesome- Camel, Donkey, and Sheep
Pretty Cool- The Three Wise Men...whom she seems to prefer in the order of how sparkly/ornate their accessories are...I wonder where she learned this??
Has Potential- Baby Jesus
Super Lame- Mary and Joseph
So anyway. Maybe on some level our nightly Advent readings will start sinking in and she'll start to value the nativity characters based more on, say, the content of their character...and less on the sparkliness of their clothes.
|But I still greet Mary & Joseph when I wake up in the morning, so I'm not completely snobby...|
Today was pretty exciting- Millie got a new hairdo! I decided to attempt low pigtails, and they mostly worked out! Pay no mind to the horrific part. It was my first try. I'll learn.
|How can you even look at hair when there are ORNAMENTS ON THE TREE OUTSIDE?!?!|
|OH MY GOSH IT'S SO GREAT!!!|
That face. She was clearly mid-babble. She has a LOT to say these days! I'm pretty sure it must be about how much fun life is and how great Christmas is. And how we better never, ever, ever take those big balls off the pear tree.