Our First Christmas.
They say Christmas is for kids – of course that ignores the religious implication, but few would deny that Christmas is made for kids. The qualifier should be – kids 3 and older. Clearly the first Christmas with ‘lil q she had no idea what was going on around her. I, on the other hand, totally understood the significance.
I was fortunate enough to be able to take 16 weeks of paid leave under the family medical act to help raise my new daughter. It was in itself the best holiday gift to be able to spend the time with her. When it was time to do holiday shopping, ‘lil q was just starting to face forward in the baby carrier. Because Mike was working, I took her shopping with me that first year, carrying her around the mall on my chest. Word don’t describe those memories adequately, but it’s something I’ll never forget. We even got the obligatory picture with Santa. 🙂
I remember getting our first ‘family’ Christmas tree:
And then after Christmas day at our house, ‘lil q and I got on a plane the next day to go see her grandparents – complete with Christmas outfit. [Fortunately for me, she slept the whole flight.]
Tomorrow’s Guest is Anne Tenino, so check back and see what her holiday memory is for her and her kids.