what you can't see in this picture very well is the two carrots in the grass and the bag of magic reindeer food in brady's hands. the anticipation and constant reminders for the last week about making sure to feed the reindeer have been rather cute. so as soon as we arrived home tonight daddy trampled the snow and the boys headed out to the front lawn to make sure the reindeer knew just where to land and had plenty of food to keep them occupied while santa delivered the presents.
for brian and i every christmas is a new experience as we map our way through traditions old and what to continue on with as well as what to create new for our family.
as a child i have many fond memories of christmas eve and christmas morning. there was something about walking into my grandma betty's house on christmas morning. she would be sitting in her chair sipping her tea. a christmas record would be playing out in the family room and the crackle and glow from the fire and christmas tree would add to the ambiance of the morning. i still remember the smell of her house around every holiday, one of comfort, warmth and homemade rolls.
the year i started to not believe in mr. c, he landed on the roof of our home, sleigh bells came from right outside my window. i even heard a "ho, ho, ho, merry christmas." a sign for me it was definitely time to get to bed so mr c. could come to do his job. the next morning their were reindeer hoof prints in my front yard along with a bag of half eaten hay. i am pretty sure that renewed my belief for another couple of years, maybe even a lifetime.
the point is, the magic of the season doesn't have to be complicated or over thought. sometimes you can even follow the lead of your children. as this year comes to an end i sit here feeling completely blessed by all that i have. i look forward to the new year and all that it holds for myself and my growing family. it's a great life.
merry christmas to all and to all a good night.