A New Christmas Era

For 25 years I woke up on Christmas morning under my parent's roof. First, as a resident and child, then just as a resident, and lastly, as a guest. When I was 26 my husband and I were newly engaged and every Christmas thereafter, I have spent it with him, in our own home. It's only natural, really. Had I known that 2003 was the end of an era, I might have savored it a little more. Truth is, I don't really remember it. When you're 25, waking up on Christmas morning in your parent's house doesn't quite have the same feeling as when you were five.

This Christmas is the beginning of a new era; the era of being parents of small children and I think it's the best one yet. My daughter is 2.5. Her sense of reality is still a moving target and she is also easily impressed; both of these things make for a fantastic Christmas time. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching her eyes light up at all the festive traditions. This year she seems to have found a kindred spirit in Rudolph. Every reindeer, deer, moose (or horse for that matter) is Rudolph. Anyone wearing a red furry hat, "has Santa's hat on" and all she want's for Christmas, "is a nice orange kitty." Everything is new and exciting and it all appears to have come together just to delight her.

This Christmas morning will be the first time in about 25 years that I will fly out of  bed in excitement. I can't wait to see her face when she walks into the living room and sees all those new, shiny presents under the tree.

Yes, it's the beginning of a new era and if I've learned anything from the last 33 years, it's to savor that. I just hope that I have 25 more Christmas's with her waking up under my roof. And no matter how old she gets, I will never stop trying to make her believe that it all came together just to delight her.


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