An anticipated arrival

We were patiently waiting for Old Saint Nick to arrive. The countdown that began weeks ago was finally coming to an end and the little ones’ eyes were shining more brightly as the days passed. As we drew closer to the big day, I could only hope that we would make it to the New Year without one of the children just truly exploding with joy. As you all know, with little ones in the house the excitement of Christmas is overwhelming, to say the least.

This was our first Christmas as a family of four. We knew of the impending arrival of Ms. Lilian last year, but that’s not quite the same as having her here. More presents to buy, more wrapping paper to pick up (And we must not forget any pieces, because the little one will find them and eat them, part goat this child!) and more laughter and joy to fill the room. I couldn’t feel more content with my life if I tried.

The build up to Christmas is always the most delightful time of the season for me. To be honest, after the hoopla of Christmas morning is over, I feel a huge let down. I love the decorations, the music and the astonishing spirits people are in this time of year as opposed to the actual day. I love the joy on the children’s faces as they open their gifts and look forward to it, but as soon as the last present is opened, I start looking forward to the spring.

This year, they were forecasting possible snow on Christmas, which would have been a first for me. We could add that magic to the nostalgic, warm feeling this season always brings. I was really looking forward to a white Christmas. As happy as the children were for Saturday morning to arrive, I was just enjoying each and every moment. There are so many moments this time of year that can warm our hearts all year with the memories we are making. This is a time of celebration, family and love. If I can’t find that perfect gift, I don’t worry over it anymore, because that’s not what matters. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but we all should be more aware of showing others through our actions the true meaning of Christmas.

I hope that our children learn the true beauty of Christmas along with all the joy that comes from Santa Claus. We are working on that daily. The season is one of giving, love and peace, and through our love for one another (as a community) we will be able to show these important things to our children (Along with Rudolph and Santa, of course!). I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.

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