What makes for a merry Christmas Eve when it’s 7 degrees and just 16 as the high for the day? 🥶🎄 Having a pajama day, binge watching our favorite Christmas movies and having a few treats. Simply being present with me family is a wonderful gift I’ll never take for granted. 🥰🎁
No toys, no dolls, no games. My nine year old just wants clothes, lotions, skincare items and gift cards for Christmas. 😩 In the very near future, I see the list dwindling down to maybe one big ticket item and gift cards. Though some parents may get excited about this knowing that the long nights of building toys and unscrewing lids to insert batteries is just about over, I will miss these moments.
The childlike festivities of Christmas that I’ve looked forward to so much with Quinn are diminishing. While I’m content with the pace in which she’s maturing, I’m already missing my little girl and the toys and gifts under the tree. But even still, I look forward to simply spending time with her and my family for years to come.
All week long, Quinn’s school has been extra fun encouraging the children to get creative with festive pajamas, sparkly outfits and ugly sweaters. Little did Quinn know that she would be selected for wearing the most festive pajamas and win a Five Below gift card.
Of course, I’m not able to be there for every magical moment. Thank goodness for her teacher capturing this moment and the excitement on Quinn’s face then posting it on Class Dojo.
Nine years ago, my daughter celebrated her first Christmas. Though she doesn’t remember it, when she sees pictures of the past, I often see her face light up.
I still remember trying to get a selfie of my husband, Quinn and me and taking several shots. Even though she wasn’t looking directly at the camera, Quinn told me, “It’s one of my favorites from when I was a baby around Christmas because daddy was smiling and didn’t look so serious like he does in almost every picture.” I love this one too and look forward to the future Christmases we’ll have together. 🥰
Giving my daughter an advent or 12 days of Christmas calendar has been a tradition for quite a few years now. Usually, there’s a candy theme, but this year, my nine year old was excited to get a 12 days of pampering calendar with lotion, foot scrub, facial cleanser, you name it! This is just a reminder that my little girl is growing up, but we still have Christmas memories together which I love.
Boy is it cold outside! But even still, going to Hersheypark with my daughter, sister and niece has become a tradition we all love, not to mention the delicious meals at the Chocolatier and sweet treats at Chocolate World. 😋
One of my favorite movies to watch around this time of the year is “A Christmas Story.” I still remember my mom taking my sister and me to see it in the movie theater when I was around my daughter’s age. Now, we enjoy watching it together and even watched the new movie with Ralphie all grown up with his family.
Most recently, we were in Feeney’s, a huge Christmas, nursery and garden store not too far from where we reside and came across a “Christmas Story” display and couldn’t resist taking a picture. Who knows, maybe it’ll be out theme next year.
Going to see Santa is one of our favorite Christmas activities. This year, we excitedly came donning our Santa hats along with our toy poodle Zack. Santa was so impressed with how well-behaved and patient Zack was. These are memoriesI will always cherish.