Thursday, December 24, 2009

Festive Firsts

This season is full of festive firsts at our house! December 13 is always a big day for us since it's 12 days before Christmas, and the day we have always decorated our house, including getting our tree and putting up lights. This has been our special family tradition since Michael moved over here from Scotland 13 years ago, a few weeks before we got married. This year the day was even more special though because we included a trip to see Santa at a local general store. This was a different experience from the mall Santa in that it was much more relaxed and simple. We also took our own pictures, as opposed to paying lots of money for them to do it, which was important to me. Charlie was fairly neutral about the whole thing, not overly thrilled and not overwhelmed either.

As for me though, I was giddy just like a little girl. I can hardly believe this is all really happening! When I sat him down on Santa's lap for the first time...a little thrill went through me at the realization that this is our son. I used to dream about becoming a mom, and part of my vision was always the excitement and joy I would feel surrounding the holidays. All I can really say is that reality has been even better than my dreams. Sure it's different because there are obligations and finances with which I am concerned now that were never a part of what I imagined, but the magic is still here and it is very real. I know Charlie is too young to really get it this year, but he is still full of wonder at all the new experiences he's having. I love being the person who is providing those for him...I love being Mommy, soaking up the joy of my son's first Christmas!

Here we are, less than 24 hours away from the first Christmas morning when I will wake up, and for the first time in my life, be immersed in the experiences of the season through the wonderment of another person. Christmas has always been about sharing and family, but this year it's completely different for me to be "Mommy," in addition to wife, daughter, sister, and aunt.

I honestly can't wait...


Wendy said...

Merry Christmas, Melba! Hope you have the best Christmas ever tomorrow!

Richele said...

awesome christmas photos - enjoy the wonder!

Duck Hunter said...

Merry Christmas Mel!

Love reading your blog and seeing your awesome photos!

I'm sure you and your family will have an awesome time!

E said...

Merry Christmas to you, Michael, and Charlie!

KT said... is always interesting to see how the little ones take to Santa...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with Charlie home :).

Kel said...

Sorry to be tardy in wishing you a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!!! This is going to be a fabulous decade for all of us!

Love to you and your 'lil fam! From mine!

We paid, but the Santa made it worth it! He was so sweet to Jack!

sanjeet said...

enjoy the wonder!
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