I remember being a little girl and absolutely loving the holidays – Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and every other one. I loved getting together with family, loved the traditions, the activities, and of course the candy and presents. As I got older it was not about the candy or presents, I just really enjoyed the family time, activities and traditions. I noticed in the last year or two before Jace was born that something was just missing at the holiday season. I felt a bit disappointed because there wasn’t as much excitement that a holiday was approaching. As you grow older you start to realize how stressful holidays can be as well, but when Jace was born all that stress was worth it and I stopped even realizing the stressful moments and started to enjoy myself just as much as I did as a kid – having a kid literally revives your excitement for the holidays seasons.
Having a little one that is getting excited about the holidays makes us parents just as excited as them. Some people say I may go above and beyond what you need to for the “Easter Bunny” and “Santa” but I love doing the little things that may take an extra half an hour the night before just to see Jace’s smile and giggle when he sees – bunny foot prints all over the table with carrot pieces everywhere, or the fact Mommy got a picture of “Santa” putting the gifts under the tree. Seeing his eyes and huge grin when he sees the little things Robert and I have done for him makes absolutely all of it worth it.
The first year for all of Jace’s holidays was exciting because it was his first but this second year has been a lot more fun due to his reactions and interactions; plus he is understanding a lot more than last year. At Christmas time he got so excited to wake up and see all the presents under the Christmas tree and his stocking filled to the brim. He did not quite understand the whole “Santa” concept at Christmas but is starting to understand it now and gets so excited when he sees a picture of Santa, which makes me ten times as excited for Christmas this year.
For Easter we took Jace to see the Easter Bunny at the mall this year and to see him getting so excited in the line made me excited as well. He was in the line hopping around pretending to be a bunny. It is like our children’s youthful innocence and excitement brings us, as parents, back to the same place we were when we were that age. I want Jace to have all the same great experiences Robert and I did as children. I want him to look forward to the holidays, look forward to holiday family dinners, have fun going for Easter egg hunts or visiting Santa and the Easter Bunny.
Our children grow up so quick and it is crazy how soon kids don’t “believe” anymore. I don’t want Jace to lose his youthful innocence, I want him to stay young, enjoy the holidays, enjoy Santa and the Easter Bunny. Why do kids get to a certain age and feel ashamed to say they believe still if they do? As we grow older our ability to imagine and dream kind of dissipates but the imagination and ability to dream is what makes the holidays so fun. As I said in my previous post, since having Jace my ability to dream, imagine, be silly, and have fun has come back which makes the holidays that much more enjoyable.
Cooking a big family dinner at the holidays with a little one also becomes a lot more exciting. To have all the family over at our place this Easter and to see Jace get so excited to have everyone over, and to play with his aunty and great cousin made all the preparation for the big dinner worth it. I love being able to have all the family over at our place, to entertain, to make memories and traditions in our home – that is what makes the holiday season. It is not about the gifts, it is not about the candy – it is about family, memories, and all the traditions that come with the holidays. I want Jace to grow up realizing this. It doesn’t matter how much you get, it doesn’t matter what you get, its about the people you are with and the memories you are making.
What traditions do you do every year with your littles? What do you love most about the holidays? I would love to hear from you Mamas so make sure you comment, send me a message through the “contact me” page, or check out my Instagram “adventuresofthegroots” and personal message me there. Make sure you share, share, share.
This Mama is off to go do some Easter egg hunting with Mr. Jace. Stay tuned for some more struggles, chaos & fun from this Mediocre Mommy! ❤