Friday, December 7, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Have you guys fully jumped on the holiday bandwagon this year?  Decorated your house?  Bought all your presents yet?

I've not really tackled any of this.  In fact, there's still a pumpkin on my front porch and two Halloween lanterns.  Ooops.

Initially, I didn't want to celebrate Christmas too early (ie, right after early Thanksgiving).  I told myself I wouldn't listen to holiday tunes or decorate until December 1st.  But then that day came and went and it just didn't feel right: it was 70 degrees outside and all the Fall colors were still bright.  Now it's December 7th and I have no decorations up and still have that pesky pumpkin lingering on my porch (because it hasn't moved itself to the trash).

So I think at this point, we won't decorate our house.  On one hand, this is sort of sad.  It's Bates' first Christmas and he'd probably love looking at the lights on the tree.  But on the other hand he'd also love trying to eat the tree/lights and it takes forever to bring the tree out of the attic, set it up, and decorate it.  Then it all has to be put away after the holidays.  Bah humbug.

We have started listening to Christmas music, though.  So there's that.  Our fancy cable has a channel of it, I have a holiday station on Pandora, and soft rock 104.5 has all-Christmas-all-the-time until the 25th. And we plan on taking Bates to meet Santa at some point.  And we're lighting the advent candle at our church next weekend, so that's fun.

On the present-front, we're lagging a little bit.  We've bought a couple, but since we buy presents for about 15 family members not including ourselves (holy moly!), we have quite a way to go.  Here's an interesting question for the masses: do you think we should buy Bates Christmas presents?  Of course the instinctual response is "yes - of course."  But then really think about it...  He doesn't understand what's going on; when we give him too many new toys at once, he gets overwhelmed; we just got a TON of new toys from Jonathan's sister; and he has very generous family members who will buy him a lot of stuff.  Also, his 1-year birthday is at the end of February.  Thoughts?  And for parents out there, any present ideas for a 10-12 month old?

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to remove that pumpkin from the porch before it rots.


jessicakamrath said...

Hey Jackie! For Harper's first birthday and first Christmas we got her ONE gift. It was plenty for her since she didn't really know what was going on:) Does Bates have a push/ride along toy? That's what we got Harper for her first birthday and she still LOVES it! This is the one we have. You can find it at Target too. Sending lots of Christmas spirit your way! We're on overload this year:)

AmyBethJames said...

We wanted to create a special tradition for Hudson at Christmas that would help us - now and in the future especially - steer clear of just buying and buying and getting a bunch of crap. I completely stole this idea from pinterest, but I just love it. I hope to do it every year with all our children. Each person gets four gifts: "Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read." Boom, done!

LB said...

I'm just excited to see more blogs popping up, it's inspiring - makes me want to pick mine back up too!

Maybe you could do an ornament for Bates this year or something like that - we've done 1 new one per xmas that symbolizes something that happened during the past year and I love it! slow and steady build to a full tree :)