baby's third christmas is best...
Any store that sells baby items this time of year is bound to have something printed with "Baby's First Christmas" on it. Ornaments, stuffed toys, stockings, blankets, pajamas, and even fancy dress clothes are all available to commemorate the momentous occasion of baby's first Christmas. After that, I'm pretty sure only Hallmark commemorates the successive Christmases.
This year is my "baby's" third Christmas. And I would like to argue that I think it is the best one yet. At the first Christmas, baby is still too little to do more than look overwhelmed by all the lights and fancy trimmings that go along with Christmas. Depending on your baby's age, there is at least some fascination to be had with the crinkly paper and maybe a box or two. Parents usually have to open the presents for their little one and try to get the baby to show some interest in the toy for the grandparents' sake before the baby melts down and needs to take a nap.
The second Christmas is better. Everything that goes along with Christmas is new and magical, the snow, the tree and especially the presents. Still, after a present or two, it is generally hard to keep the toddler focused on anything much and gift-giving time is generally, again, followed by a meltdown before naptime.
We are only two weeks into Christmas and already my son has made me look at the Christmas world around me in a whole new light. This year, instead of trying to keep his little fingers away from the tree, he has actually been able to help us decorate the tree (albeit with the "soft" ornaments), to his great and utter delight. He joyfully points out every Santa and snowman that we see in people's yards and eagerly anticipates the decorations we see on a regular basis. Some of the displays of Christmas lights that we have come across have left him absolutely speechless. Every car trip, no matter how short, involves keeping a tally of how many homes have lights for us to see.Continued on the next page