This Christmas has been one of the best I have ever had. The reason for that is obvious I’m sure. Having a child really does change the way you celebrate. It makes old things new again. Traditions become more important. You want to do more and, most importantly, you get to buy toys again.
Any reader of this blog knows that Michelle and I are Christmas folk. It’s what we do. Having Ava, however, allowed us to do so much other things. We did what we usually do, such as seeing the lights at Oglebay and Hartwood Acres, have a Christmas party, go see a holiday show or two and watch all the Christmas movies. But Ava brought some new life to our usual traditions. With Ava we visited Santa again (three times), we read Christmas stories, we bought toys (I will get back to this later), we took Christmas pictures and we left cookies out for Santa.
Regarding the cookies. I know Ava had no idea about the cookies, that one was for me damn it.
Having a baby can be hectic for sure, especially around this time of year, but man is it fun to do all the things again you did as a kid. Having a kid essentially makes Santa real again. It’s awesome, believe me. It was fun make-believing again. Once again, I know Ava had no clue about anything this year, but it was a taste of years to come.
I see it with my nieces and nephews. On Christmas Eve, over my Aunt Debbie’s home, they were all checking the “Santa Tracker” website. It showed where he was in the world and when he may be heading your way so you know when to get to bed. It was great to see their excitement every time they checked and then talking to them about it like there really was a fat-man flying around the world in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer.
Now to the toys. Oh the toys, toys, toys, toys, toys. There was a lot. I mean A LOT. No, no. You don’t quite understand yet. I mean there was a toy tidal wave. Ava received enough gifts to supply an army of children. I’m pretty sure we don’t need to buy her another toy for two years.
Ava could pile up her toys and swim in them like Scrooge McDuck swims through his gold coins. She could open up her own toy store. She really should be embarrassed. Though it’s not her fault really. It’s ours and our family’s fault. We are all enablers. The whole lot of us.
Now Michelle and I have to figure out where to put all of them. The solution is turning our office into an office/playroom. Half of our furniture out and in the attic and a toy box and play-mat moves in. Our townhouse is bursting at the seams. It will only get worse this July when her one-year birthday comes.
In all, this Christmas was great. We really spent some quality time together as a family and started some of our own traditions. The worst part of it all was that it seemed to come and go so fast. I hope everyone else had a memorable Christmas and holiday as well. Below are some of Ava’s first Christmas photos, enjoy.