Santa was always good to me, and filled my childhood years with magic and love. I had hoped to pass down so many of my memories and the way we did things when I was a child, because it was such a beautiful time in my life. But then Noah came along and changed everything. The way we do the holidays entirely.
We didn't get home with Noah until January 9th, 2009. All those years ago in a blog so fresh and new I wrote:
The day Noah was born his daddy bought him an outfit in the hospital store that says "Special Holiday Delivery" and matching socks with holly. We plan to put him in it tomorrow, and celebrate with a late Christmas. We're going to open presents together - the three of us! I just pray this feeling lasts, and that Noah comes home to stay for years to come.
|Our First Christmas together celebrated January 9, 2009|
|My Special Delivery and the Best Gift I've Ever Received|
Instead of an apple and an orange, Noah gets cotton candy and fast dissolving chocolates. We put the Christmas tree up weeks before Thanksgiving even hits. He has his trains, switch toys and Christmas books and movies to entertain him. And allow him the freedom to make a mess of the ribbons and essentially un-decorate the lower branches of the tree on a regular basis.
Each year we seem to incorporate something new to grow as Noah grows with his abilities, likes and dislikes. And are doing a night before Christmas chest for both the boys this year. I found these cute little chests at Hobby Lobby, and I stuffed them with all the essentials you need the night before Christmas; a set of holiday pajamas, Christmas movies, coloring books, reading books, sensory activities, fast dissolving chocolate Santa and an apple juice box. I painted each child's name in nail polish on the boxes since it was all I had on hand. I made it work and poured a lot of love into each of them. Making new memories for me and for the boys.
I'm finding if I can find new ways to make the holidays fun and work for Noah and us as a family then it doesn't matter the traditions that either Chris or I had as children. It's about our children not what necessarily was a part of our childhood, but what our children will remember most about theirs. And by reinventing the holidays I'm building memories they can both look back on and say remember when...
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