My little sweet pea ~
As you’ve probably noticed, this time of year is my absolute favorite. I love everything about the Christmas season. I love the music, the scents, the decorations, the lights, cozy fires, wrapping presents, getting cards ready, receiving cards in the mail, the amazing-smelling live tree that camps out in our house for several weeks, the traditions, ‘Elf’ and ‘Christmas Vacation’ and ‘Home Alone,’ the delectable goodies, hot cocoa with candy canes in it, and so much more. I especially love doing things together as a family to get ready for Christmas and to celebrate the season. One of the things we do each year is get our (boxes and boxes of) Christmas decorations out the weekend after Thanksgiving. As much as I dislike repacking all of our decor come January, the excitement and joy you and Bubba experience when we start hauling those boxes out of the basement makes it more than worthwhile.
I love that you love to decorate the house for Christmas. I love that you and I share that love. This year was particularly special because you really seemed to be genuinely excited about decorating the house. You weren’t solely interested in emptying the boxes and being done. You weren’t satisfied with simply lining things up in front of the fireplace and having me be the one to place everything around the house. You even chose a snowflake shirt to wear all on your own for our decorating day. You truly wanted to be a part of it all, and I think this picture sums that up perfectly. After spending almost the whole day unpacking boxes of Christmas decor and getting everything set up, I would have thought that you would have wanted to sit on the couch with Daddy and Bubba and watch TV before bed, but you didn’t. I was trying to find a place to put one last snowflake decoration we had, and as soon as you saw me head over to the tree in the foyer, you raced up the stairs to see if you could help. I quickly realized the snowflake wasn’t going to work on the tree, but I couldn’t help but linger there as I caught a glimpse of your content expression while you sat looking at the tree. I watched you for a moment before getting my camera because I could feel the happiness inside you…I knew it was the same happiness inside me. After watching you for that moment, I had to grab my camera because I wanted to capture that feeling you were experiencing and be able to look back on it always.
Thank you, my sweet girl, for your excitement about this time of year. And thank you for remembering the true meaning of Christmas and the important reasons we have to celebrate the season. You and Bubba are a huge reason why I adore this time of year as much as I do.
I love you, CR.
I feel so fortunate to be participating in this Letters to Our Daughters blog circle with so many amazing women, friends, and moms. We live all over the place, and I have never even met any of these women in real life, but we all share something very special…a love for our daughters that we want to document and have for always. This month, I have the pleasure of linking to the very talented, Jill Cassara. Jill captures her little girl in the most magical ways, and I love the honesty in her writing. Please follow our circle and check out Jill’s amazing work and words here.