Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Christmas Confusion

This year has been really fun for me as a parent because Marielle is starting to understand what Christmas is. But I will emphasize, starting to understand. The fun began when we brought out our box of decorations. First, Marielle wanted to know what presents were inside, so I had to explain it just had decorations and the presents would come later. Thankfully, she accepted this and waited anxiously for me to open the box. Once we opened the box, I enjoyed hearing Marielle ooh and aah over every ornament exclaiming each time, "Look what Santa brought us!" I thought it was so cute, so I just let our Christmas surprises continue. Her excitement hit it's peak when she found a Santa ornament, "Mom! Santa brought SANTA!"

Another source of confusion has been the advent calendar. We have a cute little house with 25 doors. Yesterday we were at the checkout at Kmart (don't judge me, we have no Target) and Marielle asks me, "What Christmas is it today?" I was so confused but after I probed her more, I realized she wanted to know what door we should open today, or more specifically is it time to open the big door with a 25 and a cupcake on it? As I have said many times since the initiation of our advent calendar, "Not yet."

Today I asked Marielle what she wanted Santa to bring her for Christmas. She answered simply, "I don't know, I'll decide when he gets here." I'm just wondering how she thinks this visit is going to go considering she refused to go anywhere near Santa this year at our Ward Party.
This was a close as she was getting. We didn't even try to get a picture on his lap this year. On the other hand, Jenna was an easy sell.
A fun tradition we started this year is each morning after breakfast we read a Christmas picture book cuddled on the couch while we're still cozy in our PJs. One of her books shows a scene of kids reenacting the Nativity. Marielle wanted to try our own so I happily complied and pulled out blankets and towels. We didn't have a lot of roles in our Christmas scene, but all the major parts were filled (notice we did have Pink Bear and Pig attending the manger). Baby Jesus was slightly uncooperative, but Marielle had a good time singing lullabies anyway.
Tonight we went for a drive to see Christmas Lights. Marielle was really easy to please and gasped anytime we saw even the tiniest string of lights. We were on our way to particular house I'd heard about, but our little Marielle was asleep before we arrived. It wasn't even 7:00 yet, but then again she was awake at 6:30 this morning. I guess we'll try again tomorrow night.
Hope your Christmas Season is turning out wonderful too!


Kimi said...

I can't wait to hear Marielle talk about Santa on Christmas Eve!! Are you going to bring the calendar with you so she can open the last door?

TheSycamores said...

We are so excited to have Marielle & Jenna here this year to share in their Christmas morning glee!

PSC said...

I was hoping to see a picture of Marielle screaming on Santa's lap. I guess there's always next year! In regards to your comment- my sister is on the very far right of the picture (if you notice the picture in the previous post of the eagle scout, there is a picture with my dad and my 3 brothers). We look forward to New Years with Ryan (we will be in Virginia- so plan for an extra long trip). Maybe next year MK!

Alayne said...

It's so fun to read how her little mind works! There have been a few odd things that Trevor has explained to Adalie that she seems to remember really well, similar to the elephant bones, I guess. I hope you guys had a great Christmas!