Here we go again. It seems every other day something is being over analyzed and critiqued. It is really hard to apply "today's standards" to things that were created decades before, but here we are doing it to not one, but two Christmas classics. The first being Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the second, the Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside". I have some thoughts on both of these hot topics.
The birth of a baby is a joyous time for any family. Often births are commemorated with photoshoots either at the hospital or a week or two later, and birth announcements are sent to close friends and family. If you are looking for a unique gift to give the new parents or a new tradition to start with your kids as each new baby is born, then do I have ideas for you!
I love holidays and I love celebrating those holidays. St. Patrick's Day is this Saturday and part of our celebrating has been reading holiday themed books. We talked about Valentine's Day books last month, let's take a look at a few St. Paddy's Day themed books this month.
Valentine's Day Crafts
Happy Valentine's Day! In preparation for today, I went searching and found plenty of pins for fun crafts with the baby! We're working on finger painting but making hand and foot prints are still easier (for the record, foot prints are the easiest).
Reading to children is important for their development and a great way for parents to form a strong bond while also decompressing from their long day. Speaking from experience, reading the same books over and over again, though fine for the little ones becomes pretty redundant for parents. Which is why I like to use upcoming holidays as a reason to refresh some of the books in our rotation. Valentine's Day is coming up and what better gift to give your littlest Valentine than a few new books?
Santa Claus came to town and dropped off presents for our Princess at not just our house but all of our relatives houses which meant A LOT of bouncing around from place to place. We made it though! C made out like a bandit let me tell ya. Being that she can't ask for anything just yet I did my best with offering family members useful things; diapers (sorry kid, we need 'em), sleep & plays (those things are fantastic), board books and not really much else. Doesn't sound like those things would take up my entire living room does it? Well, she got all the things I said, and then some.
I don't know about anyone else out there, but I felt more prepared for Christmas on November 1st than I feel right now, on December 22nd. So much thought has gone into making C's first Christmas special (yes, I know she won't remember a thing, but that's what cameras are for) that now that the day is almost here I don't feel prepared at all.
We are getting down to the wire! Christmas is only seven, SEVEN sleeps away! One of my favorite things about Christmas (and any holiday) are the sweets!
The holiday season is in full swing. In my previous post I talked about traditions you can start with your family. I left off an important meeting with the "big guy". Meeting Santa for the first time and then visiting him in subsequent years is a fun tradition for kids and parents alike. I have no problem admitting that I would happily visit Santa (without kids) and drag anyone I could get to agree to go with me.
I love a good tradition! I had some growing up and now that I have started my own family I am looking forward to passing on traditions to C and her possible siblings. While C is only going to be six months when Christmas Day rolls around it is never too early to start traditions!
Here is just a handful of examples of traditions you can start this year!