Anyway, so as I said we will be home this year for Christmas. We'll head to Oklahoma a couple days afterwards, but Santa will actually be able to find the kids at their own house for once. We are pretty psyched about it...it's a great year for it to happen too (although I guess the year Zoe was 1 we stayed in Brooklyn for Christmas, but you know what I mean) because we've been discovering how much more aware Zoe is of everything now. It's cool because we are not only getting the older kid perspective through her, but we are getting the adorable baby reactions again through Owen...the wide eyes, the "ooo"ing and pointing at the tree and lights...so so cute. We usually wait until after Zoe goes to bed to put everything up because the apartment gets totally turned upside down and Nathan and I do a lot of
Along with the things we've done every year and carried along from our childhoods, I've also loved finding new traditions. I started reading about Winter Solstice last year and really love learning about it and incorporating it into our celebration and I'm excited that Zoe is able to talk about it all with me a little. While we were in the car going to get the tree, I was telling her how I read about why it's traditional to bring a tree into your house. I told her that long ago, when people didn't know about why it got dark so early in the winter, they were afraid that the sun was slowly going away and that one day there wouldn't be sun at all. One of the things that kept them hopeful was the fact that some trees didn't lose their green color. Evergreen trees became a kind of symbol of hope that one day the sun would return so people started decorating them to sort of honor them. I was kind of going on and on I think because I'm still learning all of these stories and haven't found a short way of explaining it. I was sure I had lost her totally, but when I finished my story she said "Tell me more, Mommy!"...ah, music to my ears! I told her one or two more I'd just read but it made me that more excited to keep reading and learning...
So anyway, here are a few pictures of our hall-decking festivities! Love love love!
|Our kitchen window...the clothespins hanging down are our "Thankfulness Stars"..a countdown to Winter Solstice. Each morning we write on a star something we are thankful for and pin it to a pin.|
|The ornaments she made for her preschool teachers|
|This is what Christmas is all about if you ask me. ;-)|