Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Christmas Spirit

I'm sitting here at home alone in my living room; Tom worked a little late and is picking up Tera to take her to speech.  I have a cup of tea, our Christmas tree is on and looks beautiful, I have Christmas music playing, and I feel pretty at peace right now.  These past two weeks have been beyond words, but that's for a later post.  I have been in desperate need of peace and while I could be on the elliptical right now, I feel like this is much better for both my physical and mental health.

I absolutely love Christmas.  I can't wait to get our tree up and ever since I was a kid I've loved every minute it was lit up.  I remember when I was little being able to see our tree lights up from my bedroom and even as an adult I find it so magical.  There is something about the little lights illuminating all the ornaments that almost all have sentimental value.  We don't have one of those themed trees where everything is the same color and the ornaments are just that: decorations.  We both have ornaments from when we were kids that were given to us as gifts.  We have ornaments that we have bought together, we have Star Wars ornaments, M&M ornaments, German Shepherd and Siberian Husky ornaments, little white kitty ornaments, Scooby Doo ornaments, teacher ornaments, we have the paw prints of both Jaina and Feyla as ornaments, and other various whimsical ornaments that we enjoy.  I even have a fairly large chicken ornament that my grandma gave me that makes me laugh every time I put it on and that this year Tera dictated be placed at the top of the tree.

I love coming home in the dark just so I can see our outside lights all turned on.  I smile each time I see the effort that Tom has put into making our outside look as perfect as it can even though I hate that we don't really have an entryway to decorate.  I love our village that I have built up since Tom and I have been on our own.  Of course, not your traditional village, but the Department 56 North Pole village with all its silliness and fun.

I prefer pictures from her first Christmas because last year
she had a black eye :)
 Now that we have Tera things have had to be adjusted slightly.  Since my sweet girl is nothing if not curious, we've tried to find a balance between keeping our favorite pieces out and not having to say "no" every two seconds when she is awake.  This year I had her "help" set up the village but we didn't put any of the very small removable parts on the buildings.  I also had her "help" decorate the tree by having her put the few non-breakable ornaments on her level.  The rest of the tree is decorated to just above 34" from the floor plus whatever her arm length is.  I set up a separate tree for Tera's ornaments downstairs just like my sister and I had when we were growing up and she likes that.

One of my favorite pictures of Tera with her AC
As soon as I'm done with this I'll do some online Christmas shopping which some may say doesn't have the same feel as actually going out to pick gifts.  But I say if I can shop from the peace and quiet of my house surrounded by my tree and my own Christmas music, I've embraced the Christmas spirit plenty.

I love trying to pick out gifts that people will truly enjoy and I have to say, having Tera around has definitely made Christmas more fun.  Tom and I haven't gone too crazy for her because she gets so much from everyone else and because she doesn't know any better yet.  But it's fun for us to find little things that fit her current loves and now that she really does have interests, it's even more fun to watch her open things on Christmas morning.  I've spent some time looking for ways to start new traditions and I'm looking forward to the years when she will appreciate them.  I have so many fond memories of Christmases with both sides of my family and I just want Tera to have things she loves about Christmas (besides presents).

Now this little elf needs to get to work on making some of these Christmas miracles happen...

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