I can't honestly say that it was never about the presents, I'm sure, when I was a child, that one of the main reasons I adored Christmas had to do with presents. It was also about the magic. It just seems like a magical time of the year.
Looking back, I remember waking up in the wee early hours of the morning and waiting until we were allowed to go downstairs. I remember seeing all of the gifts laid out under the tree and feeling so grateful. It was exciting and fun and oh so magical.
As a teen and young adult, my reasons for loving the holidays changed. I loved spending time with family and friends, getting together for delicious food and tasty drinks, and just enjoying some much needed time with the people who meant the most to me. Sure, there were still presents, but I always liked getting other people gifts more then receiving them. Anything I received was an added bonus!
Things have changed again. My reasons for loving Christmas have evolved yet again. Mini-me. It's so amazing to see the holidays through her eyes. To watch her stand and marvel at our Christmas tree. To hear her recite Christmas carols and request holiday movies (by the end of this season, I will know every word to the Frosty the Snowman movie). She is still so small, only 20 months (wow, that went by fast) but yet she already understands that this is a special time of the year. She just senses something going on and the excitement from her is palpable.
if you're wondering what she's doing, she's singing songs to the Christmas tree, obviously!
No, it's not all about the presents, but I cannot tell you how beyond excited I am to see her face Christmas morning?! To watch her delight as she tears away the paper on her presents!
And then, to dress her up and take her to visit all of our family!!!
It's the perfect excuse to see all of our family in a short window of time and while it sometimes feels like a whirlwind, it's a wonderful one.
I have to say, that already, this is my favorite Christmas of them all. The holidays with Mini-me just make it that much more special.
It has been crazy and busy lately but I am going to make a point to slow down over the next few days and soak it all in. I want to enjoy every gift opened, every laugh shared, and every yummy bite eaten! I hope you're all able to do the same, whatever Christmas-loving stage you're at!
Have a VERY VERY magical and special and merry Christmas from our family to yours.