I'm so excited to share Christmas with you all! I can't wait to see all your homes and traditions, and I'm thrilled to share some of ours with you as well. Please join in the fun and link up below...(you'll have to scroll through 1,837 Piper photos, but I swear the links are down there!) and make sure to check out the other Sharing Christmas Hosts, as well as the rest of the link up participants!
Yep. We succumbed to the parental pressure. No, not from our parents...the pressure of being a parent. What kind of parents don't take their little to pick out a tree? And put up stockings? And share Christmas with them?! Not this kind.
So we are going for it this year. We're continuing traditions, and making memories. BUT we're also keeping it pretty simple. I want to show Piper how special this season can be, but I don't want to go over the top with all the trimmings, and miss what really matters to us. So we opt in and opt out. We opt in to the things we love, and opt out of the things we don't. Simple as that.
Interested in some things we're choosing to enjoy this year? Prepare yourself for the photo onslaught!
Getting a Christmas tree. I have countless memories of going to pick out a tree with my family, and was excited to start that tradition with Piper. We didn't trudge through the snow covered hills to cut down an epic evergreen....But we did go out together to get a real live tree...and enjoyed some real live cookies!
The outfit, you guys. It's probably wrong to love something so much.
We got a lovely little tree, which sat undecorated for a couple nights...until Dustin finally led the charge to deck it out. Turns out he might have a future in this tree trimming business!
(YES! That is a grilled cheese ornament!! And I'm just a little bit obsessed with it.)
One of my favorite, favorite things about Christmas-time is Christmas cards. We haven't pulled our act together to actually do our own card this year (and I'm not positive if we will!), but I'm still LOVING getting them from others. Piper doesn't really "get" much of this Christmas stuff, but she loves to help me open the mail, and look at all the pretty pictures our friends send. She grabs each card, and carries "her friends" around the house with her, pointing out all the babies and doggies she can find.
No pinterest worthy display method...just a big bowl of smiles.
And because I'm getting so old, I can't even remember if I've already shared this idea...But I punched holes in all of our cards from previous years, and tied them together so we can flip through them each year. Those books go in the bowl too, so we have three years worth of Season's Greetings at our fingertips.
Another biggie on the tradition front? Seeing Santa!
Piper got to meet the big guy last year, and it went pretty well (please look at those photos...and then tell me where my baby went? It has to be more than a year ago, no?!) I had no delusions that this year would be as successful...But was committed to going anyway, and getting a photo to commemorate the occasion- no matter how traumatic. And OH...traumatic it was.
We're talking red-faced, shoe-kicking, terror.
But I kept snapping away, knowing it wasn't anything a balloon animal penguin couldn't fix....
See? We're not terrible parents! She's even still speaking to us!
(maybe because she can't actually talk yet.)
So those are the biggies, but in the spirit of keeping things real, (though it doesn't get much more real than that Santa photo) I want to share some of our more low key Christmas rituals. Nothing earth shattering, or magically fantastical...just us. On the rug. Reading books, and playing with little people toys.
She flips pages at blinding speed, pausing only to point at random illustrations, and tell you that any animal pictured sounds like "oooh oooh oooh" (her monkey noise). I'm just happy she hasn't eaten the books yet.
And we're big into the Little People nativity scene around here.
Sometimes we get it right, and put the angel on the top of the stable...
And sometimes we just play with the container instead...
It's not all perfect photo-ops, grandiose events and delicious homemade baked goods around here (ok...it's not really any of those things)...
But we do have footie jammies and a tiny baby Jesus. Which is as perfect, grandiose, and delicious as it gets if you ask me.
Merry Christmas everyone!