The Season

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It’s that time of year! The time of year where people celebrate the holidays and spend time reflecting on what they are thankful for in their life. Along with the change of seasons from fall to winter, there are changes in people’s lives that happen during this season of giving and reflection. This year, I am seeing the holidays through a bigger and brighter lens. This year, I will have a son to share these special moments with and begin our own traditions. This year, I will have so much more to be thankful for in my life.
I know there are discussions about whether Christmas is actually the best or worst time of the year being that people become frenzied with buying lavish gifts and attitudes can definitely fly off the handle with the amount of stress people put on themselves during this time. I have friends who would gladly push the fast forward button to skip this part of the year just so they can forgo Christmas. However, that is totally not me! I am one of those freaks who loves all things Christmas beginning with the day after Halloween! Obviously, we can’t skip Thanksgiving and so I hold back on my Christmas enthusiasm until we have eaten the turkey and have exhausted all the rituals of Thanksgiving. Then, out to the storage closet I go and start stringing up the lights! At least I gave Thanksgiving its day of fame, right? 😉
Christmas is a time for family and reflection. This year will be extra special for our home as we will have a newborn to celebrate Christmas with and cherish his very first Christmas! Our son’s very excited grandma-to-be has thankfully already taken care of the “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament. I am already looking into getting his stocking with his name embroidered so that he can have it for many years to come. I can’t wait until he is old enough to get excited for all things Christmas so that I can see the joy through his sparkling eyes when he hears the classic holiday songs and smells the amazing cookies that I love to bake!
I have been noticing all the social media posts going around these days about others being excited for Christmas and I can’t help but to giggle to myself with the thought of being a family of three this year around our Christmas tree. This is probably all going to be a dream for me anyways as I am sure I’ll be sleep deprived this year having a newborn to provide for and watch over. But, it’ll still be special because we will have him!
The picture that I have in my head for Christmas this year is of me and my husband sitting criss-cross-applesauce with our two cats by our Christmas tree that is full of color and no symmetry while looking down at the innocence of our baby boy sleeping in our arms in his “My First Christmas” outfit. I’ll have to post the actual picture that we get when that day comes because I am sure we will all be looking like a hot mess and my vision of this picture perfect moment will be just that- a vision! Nonetheless, it’ll be a perfect moment even with the messy bun, spit-up covered attire, dark circles under our eyes, and I’m sure someone will be crying at this point! This will definitely be a Christmas to remember and one I will cherish.
Thoughts or suggestions on Christmas traditions we can do with our baby are appreciated!
Samantha <3
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First time parent to an incredible little boy residing in Northern California. I hold my M.A. in Education with a Specialization in Culturally Responsive Education. My mission is to consistently provide helpful content for other parents to draw from. Parenthood is ever-changing! I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and hope that my posts are insightful.

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