We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
And A Happy New Year!
Last night, we took our annual family trip to see Santa. Paprika had been talking about it all day long (for weeks, really). She is very into Christmas this year – it has been a truly magical season for her (and us) this year.
When we got up to actually meet Santa, though, Paprika was kinda apprehensive. She brought him one of her drawings and wanted to tell him all about it. That broke the ice and then she very quietly asked him for the one thing she really really wants this year: A Princess Tiana dress. Good to know!
A peek into Santa Encounters Past:
Paprika in 2006:
Taken at the Castleton Mall in Indianapolis at 9pm on Christmas Eve, about 15 minutes before they closed. Got it in under the wire that year!
Paprika in 2007:
Same Mall, Same Santa!
The year Paprika boycotted Santa and wanted to spend the whole night hanging out at The Gap instead. She was much more interested in the Christmas ornaments surrounding Santa than the big man, himself.
Paprika and Ginger 2009:
Ginger humoring her parents:
Ginger and Paprika: No tears, but no big smiles either. I think the idea of going to see Santa is very different than the reality. 😉
After all was said and done, Paprika said goodbye to Santa and gave him a big “Thank you!!!” When we got home, all Paprika could talk about was “how proud she was of herself for talking to Santa.” Then she wanted to watch “Merry Christmas” (what she calls The Charlie Brown Christmas Special). We watched it together as a family and had milk and cookies. I would say it was a pretty successful trip to see Santa this year, all things considered!
Next year, I am trying to talk Mr. Mustard in to dressing up as Santa and coming to the house to visit the girls. We shall see what Santa costumes are going for on Ebay in January. If I buy one, I bet I can talk him into it!
Today we decorated our house for Christmas. First, Paprika had her first day back at preschool. When I walked into school with her, all the kids started jumping around her yelling, “Yea!!! Paprika’s here!” Paprika brought stickers for everyone, and they all really liked that. She was only gone a week, but I guess in 3 year old land, that is an eternity. It was an exciting morning for her.
When we got home after preschool, we started on the Christmas decorating fesitivites. We hung the lights on the tree, and Paprika hung the ornaments (all on the lower third of the tree). Paprika and Ginger were both pretty excited by all the decorations and lights.
We had hot spiced cider, egg nog, and listened to Christmas music…all the old favorites like Sinatra singing “Jingle Bells” and Dean Martin singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (love that one). I put lights on the banister and Mr. Mustard hung the stockings by the fireplace.
We are using the same little Christmas tree that we bought at Target on clearance for $10 years ago. We got it for Paprika’s first Christmas, so this is our fourth year with it, and now I guess it’s become sort of a tradition. Every year we say we’re going to get a new one…a live one…but we can’t part with this little Charlie Brown tree.
Even this year, Mr. Mustard said, “well, maybe this could be our ‘bonus tree’ that we put upstairs. But then we’d have to get a whole new set of ornaments, all new decorations…” (I think this is the same conversation we had about it last year). So in the end, we just always stick with the one we’ve got!
After we set up the tree, we did a craft project together. We painted our own ornaments to hang on the tree. Paprika painted her Santa ornament red, yellow, and blue all at the same time- which of course made it brown! I still think it’s pretty adorable, though, and you’d better believe it will be hanging on the tree front and center. 🙂 So, that was our day today. As you can see from the pics, it was quite a giggle-fest!
Well, I felt like I did enough whining for one week when I was complaining about our housing search yesterday. Today I decided not to worry about it, and just enjoy today for today. We went and looked at four houses this morning (three duds and a maybe), and then headed straight to the beach.
It was a good decision! It was warm and sunny, the perfect day for a day at the beach.
Ginger was very content to lay back and listen to the waves from the comfort of our new double stroller.
Ginger and I hung out on the blanket while Mr. Mustard ran in and out of the ocean after Paprika. Paprika had lots of fun playing in the sand and water, making new friends, and exploring.
It was a great start to my birthday weekend! 🙂