December 17, 2017

Christmas Through a 3-Year-Old’s Eyes

Christmas Through a 3-Year-Old's EyesThis Christmas season has been extra special with a 3-year-old in the house.  I didn’t notice it as much when the other kids were her age, but talk about magical.

She doesn’t have a memory of previous Christmases- it’s all new to her and I have been struck more than once by her wonder.  When we took our annual pilgrimage to hunt for the perfect tree, it was her third time going, but the first time in her memory.  She later watched the kids ooh and aah over the ornaments, laughing at some, cherishing the ones they either made or were given as babies. She had no ideas which ones were hers or any memory of the stories attached to them.

Later, I saw a half dozen ornaments lying by the tree and then 3 or 4 more strewn across the room.  What on Earth?  I thought.

Natalie had no idea how to properly hang an ornament- she just kind of rested each one on the tree.  By the time she came around I’d stopped giving the lesson.  Such is the case with the babies in every family. I had simply taken for granted she’d already know how to hang ornaments.  And the scattered ones? They  had become special new toys to her- she just forgot they were supposed to stay on the tree.

My other kids remembered the Nativity scene when I took it out, and the Advent calendar, but my 3-year-old had no recollection.

Every year we go to a friend’s house who lives on a street where every house is elaborately decorated.  We always go to the opening night unveiling party and walk from house to house.  My other kids knew exactly what I meant when I said we were going to the party.  But later that night, the light that went on in my 3-year-old’s eyes when we walked from house to house made me see them all for the first time too.

One nice thing about my daughter not remembering is that I was able to shop for all the kids when they were at school with her with me.  I even snuck in a few things for her and she didn’t even notice!  I have a feeling this is the last year of being able to do that, though.

Merry Christmas!


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