Christmas is a magical day, especially when a toddler is involved.
This was Zoe’s second Christmas, and I had plenty of friends tell me, that at 16 months she would still be to young to understand. Well this little lady, understood plenty, and had a blast.
Let me start from the beginning…
Thanksgiving ended, and I was ready to start getting in Christmas mode. My favorite part about Christmas is the Christmas Tree.
December is for Tree Picking…
I always get a live tree.
I love picking it out, and cutting it down. Cutting down a tree, means it is always fresh.
This year we went to Middleburg Tree Farm to cut our tree down. We went early in the season, so there was an incredible selection. I normally like a Douglas Fir, (yellow green needle), but this year we switched it up and got a Blue Spruce. The Blue Spruce has a blue, gray needle, and our tree was absolutely stunning.
I tested out the Christmas tree lights, while Zoe played with them.
It took me three hours to baby proof the tree. I had to arrange the ornaments in a certain way so that they would be safe for Zoe. But once the tree was completely decorated, I explained each ornament to her. She was very good at just looking, and not pulling off the decorations. Her favorite ornaments were the monkey, and elephant.
We made an appointment at the Tysons Gallaria to see Santa. This worked really well last year, no line. Unfortunately, this year, with no line, and no one else there, which made it really hard to show or explain to Zoe what was going to happen. It is totally normal for children her age to be scared, and that’s exactly what happened.
I love to receive Christmas cards. So this year I decided I was definitely going to send one out. So I made one with Zoe on it, and love the finish product.
Although, I got them out early, I didn’t feel it was early enough. Next year, I want them ready during November, so I don’t have the extra stress of getting them done in time.
I displayed all of my the cards I received.
This year I hosted Christmas Eve. Erik and I made lasagna. I made my homemade sauce the night before, so all Erik had to do was assemble the lasagna. I also made a roasted beet and brussel sprouts salad. It was fun having everyone over.
On Christmas Eve, I stayed up late making my homemade granola. Filled them in mason jars, added a bow and tag, as my homemade gift.
I woke up early, to make cinnamon rolls from scratch. Once all of my presents were wrapped we headed over to my moms.
It took three hours to open all of the presents. Zoe was really into the whole process. She would open the present, then want to open the box to play with the toy.
Everyone was happy, but exhausted. We ended up heading home for afternoon naps.
The sun was shining, and my run felt very rejuvenating.
We headed back over to my mom’s house for Christmas dinner. Emily and Ryan made a salad and a rib roast. Everything was tasty.
Zoe played more with her tea set. She kept asking everyone if they wanted any. She would ask, “Cuppy? Tea?
Since note: (Zoe had an early bed time so she missed out on the Christmas Eve family photo, but she made it in the Christmas night photo.)
And of course I am beyond thankful that my 16 month old daughter, Zoe, had a magical Christmas season.
How was your Holiday? I hope it was warm and joyful!
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