Even though I don’t love frigid temperatures, December is by far my favorite month of the year. The excitement and magic of watching my kids experience all of our family holiday traditions is so much fun, and the anticipation of Christmas morning makes me still feel like a kid. I absolutely love every part of it, and I think I have just as hard of a time falling asleep on Christmas Eve as my kids do, because I can’t wait to see their faces light up the next morning.
My oldest child is most like how I was on Christmas Eve. I hear him get up several times throughout the night to check out the stockings and to shake presents (I pretend I don’t hear him), and then he sneaks back to bed, only to get back up an hour later to do the same thing. The anticipation is just too much for him.
One of the things I marvel at regarding my childhood Christmas tree is my mom’s ability to leave the tree just as we decorated it. (I have 9 siblings, so the tree was a hot mess after we were done adorning it with decor.) Our favorite thing about decorating that tree was stringing tons of popcorn strands. I still can remember the numbing pain of sticking my fingers a million times, but it was worth it. By the time Christmas morning finally came around, the majority of the popcorn that once decorated the tree was eaten off the strand. (Yes, my mom fed us….we apparently liked the taste of stale popcorn). That tree was quite the sight, and makes me smile every time I think of it.
I love to get caught up in all of the fun that comes with the holidays like visits with Santa, making gingerbread houses, looking at holiday light displays, ice-skating, ugly christmas sweater parties, shopping for gifts and so on. However, I always hope that I instill in my family the true meaning of Christmas and the spirit of giving during the holiday season, especially to those in need.
Whatever your December holidays and traditions are, I hope you enjoy the beauty of the season around KC. The lights and festivities around the city are plentiful and there is so much to do for whatever walk of life you are in.
Cheers to a Happy New Year!