I am really excited for Christmas this year. I can't wait to watch SB's reaction Christmas morning when we bring her downstairs to see what Santa has brought. Last year, she was not quite one and had no idea what was going on. She did enjoy ripping open presents, though.
This year, she still doesn't understand what it is all about, but she is really into it. She insists on wearing her Santa pajamas to bed every single night. We read Christmas books over and over and over. Many of which were mine when I was a child. She is crazy about our Christmas tree and all the decorations we see in our neighborhood and town.
She also loves to look at manger scenes. She points to and signs all the different animals. She points to the baby Jesus and says, "baby." Then she points to Mary and Joseph and says and signs, "Mama" and "Dada." (I haven't tried to explain to her yet that Joseph isn't really the Baby Daddy.) My parents will be giving her a Fisher Price Little People Nativity set, which I know she will enjoy for years to come.
Seeing things through the eyes of a child is an incredible gift. They are full of wonder, and it reminds us to appreciate the little things. Children have that ability, and somewhere along the way we tend to lose it. This Christmas Eve I think I will toss and turn as if I were the child anticipating Christmas morning.