For the first time we attended Kennedy Krieger’s Festival of Trees at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Because I helped decorate Towson University’s tree, I was given passes to attend the pre-event which opens an hour before opening to the public. Thank goodness because it did get crowded quick. The boys had their first pony or “reindeer” rides. They also rode the train, the carousel, and made a few ornaments. They even surprised me when they sat and watched a band perform! That’s a first! We will definitely be attending next year!
Some people hate the idea of the Elf but the boys seem to love him and he really does help with behavior! Need proof? Aden and Alex were both on green or purple every day of December and both were chosen as the Student of the Month for their class! I wish I could keep that darn Elf out year round!
The boys loved decorating the tree and I loved watching them. Take a look: http://youtu.be/RlK8Dx6gHFU
We did Breakfast with Santa. We learned last year, it’s best to visit Santa first then have breakfast. It worked out again this year. This was the first year Aden and Alex were able to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Aden asked for Ninja Turtles and Alex, a Paw Patrol Lookout set. The real Santa was listening close by. Aden did have a hard time at breakfast. He didn’t seem to want to be there. If Aden doesn’t want to do something, he can get quite moody. I find ignoring him works best and eventually he will come around.
This year we thought it would be a good idea for the boys to buy Christmas presents. My favorite part of the holiday season is gift-giving, not gift-receiving. I know this is not usually the case for children but I want the boys to experience the joy of both. Jon took Alex to the Dollar Store and let him pick out a gift for me and Aden. I took Aden to the Dollar Store and let him pick out a gift for Jon and Alex. Their gift choices were funny. Alex tried to buy me a dog toy but luckily I ended up with a pack of pens. Aden picked a blue car air freshener for Jon. But their presents to each other were spot on. Alex picked an army pretend play set for Aden and Aden picked a set of mini-cars for Alex. Then we allowed them to wrap their presents. Sorry about the shortage of tape in the tri-state area. Both were excited to give their gifts on Christmas morning.
Despite all the fun, for me, Christmas was stressful this year. I was a bit of a bah-hum-bugger. It was my own fault. I was late getting started this year on gift-buying, gift-wrapping, sending cards, baking, you name it. Ugh, there is so much to cram into one month. I was actually more in the Christmas spirit the day after Christmas! When all the work was done and I could sit back and watch my kids enjoy their new presents. Next year I’m starting November 1st. I’m not kidding. I want to enjoy the holiday rather than scrambling to get things done! Ho, Ho, Hopefully I can make that happen.