Saturday, December 29, 2012
This was the first Christmas that our children seemed to understand the significance and excitement of the holiday. And they understand about Santa. We asked them repeatedly what they wanted Santa to bring them for Christmas, and Santa also asked them what they wanted (at our town's Christmas festival and again on the Santa train). Each time, Avery clearly said he wanted the new Angry Birds board game and a new watch. Caleb's response puzzled us: "baby." This was his response each time. We weren't sure whether he wanted a real baby, a baby doll, or whether he was asserting his identity as the baby of the family (Santa did bring him a baby doll -- so far, Caleb has not shown much interest in it). To make sure Santa would find our house (since this was the first Christmas since moving here), Carolyn and Caleb made reindeer food, which both boys sprinkled around the yard:
We spent Thanksgiving break in St. Louis, so we decided to switch things up a bit and stay home this year for Christmas. This is our first year just staying home during the winter break, and we are definitely enjoying it, although of course we miss our relatives! The break started off with Belen's annual daycare holiday party. Last year, Caleb was TERRIFIED of Santa, despite "his" blonde hair and Argentinean accent. This year, Caleb was totally comfortable with Santa.