We here at the Pretty - yes, "We", it's been a while since we've dusted off the Royal plural, hasn't it? - generally try to reserve our more profound pondering for global issues like the state of our shoe collection. Alas, 'tis the season for being thoughtful and giving, blah blah blah . . .
Being totally serious - for once - the Anonymous Husband and I are (ok, I am) trying to decide which Christmas traditions to establish for our new family. When it was just the two of us, it was easy enough every year - we'd go to Midnight church services on Christmas Eve, then do presents & Christmas dinner at a relative's house the next day. Last year, I was too sleep deprived to remember what we did for Master P's very first Christmas, but I know it involved some plane travel & prayer.
Now that we're celebrating at home with sufficient amounts of sleep, however, we're mulling over what we'll do tradition-wise for Master P. . .
Which traditions from our parents do we want to pass down to our children? From mine, I want to carry on the traditions of leaving cookies out for Santa & exchanging one gift on Christmas Eve; perhaps we'll leave out the Christmas card letter as authored by the family cat (yes, really). From the AH's team, we hope to continue the traditional Italian meal on Christmas Eve.
How do you make a holiday meaningful, in both the spiritual and the fun, secular sense, for a child who is fluent in a mystery toddler language, but not yet the English you yourself speak? We (I) have been singing Christmas songs and reading holiday books - this is a current favorite - while a "Master P Can't Possibly Break This, Can He?" toddler nativity set is en route to Pretty HQ: