I spent all last night wrapping presents. I really love this time of the year. It makes me happy to see the people I love so happy. Oliver is now starting to get Christmas. Seeing his face as we began decorating for the house was priceless.
Each piece needed to be explained. At one point he even asked why I was hanging socks from the stairs. The innocence of him warms my heart. I hope that he doesn't grow up too fast, and that life is kind to him. Precious he is.
Decorating the tree was by far Oliver's favorite. Even Landon got in on it. He's still so very little, but he seems to sense whenever anyone got excited over something - he would get excited too.
We have a fake tree, that was fun trying to explain to a 2 year old, why our tree was in the basement and that we have to actually put it together. But he helped. We let him stay up past his bedtime and he even got a new special Star Wars ornament to hang on the tree. He held onto those little ornaments and waited ever so patiently for us to put the tree together. Then put the lights on and the ribbon. He kept asking if it was time for his ornaments.
There was a lot of waiting involved, but once it was time his eyes got big at all the lights and the boxes full of ornaments. Some as old as Ryan and me. Each one with a story. Some handmade, some store bought and from 1984 or 1979. Some with words like "Baby's First Christmas 2010" or "Our First Home" or "Great Grandson Landon." Some are falling apart but they hold such a special meaning that we wouldn't dare to throw them away. Some made out of noodles that one of us made in elementary school. There are so many memories on our tree. Ornaments we bought in Disney World on our Honeymoon. Or the special ones from my grandparents. I wanted Oliver to know all of it. And he sat and listened. Picked out the branches to put those priceless ornaments on.
And once we were done, we turned the lights off and just sat. Sat and watched the tree. Took in the moment.
Oliver gets it now. He wanted to sit and just look at the tree all night. We promised it would still be up in the morning and all the days following. Both of the boys have been so wonderful with the tree. As curious as they are, they don't really touch it - unless its to steal a candy cane from one of the branches.
Seeing everything through their eyes, is like experiencing Christmas for the first time.
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