You know what’s almost as good as the Christmas season when you’re under the age of 10? The Christmas season when you’re a parent. It’s true. This is the first Christmas when Caleb’s, I’d say, “fully” aware that there’s something special about this time of year. I only say that because I’m not so sure he remembers it all from last year (doubtful). But you psychology expert mother-in-laws, brother-in-laws, and sister-laws can correct me if I’m wrong.
Everybody, unless you have a heart of stone, fondly remembers from their childhood that can’t-hardly-wait, fuzzy feeling at the pit of your stomach every time you looked at the Christmas tree and the presents underneath. For me, around puberty, the excitement–the magic–of the Christmas season kind of started dying for me. It was still a lot of fun, but it was just one of those things that changes as you get older.
I didn’t expect that joy to come back again. This time around, it’s not so much for myself, but being able to help make that “Christmas magic” happen for my little one. Caleb’s pretty excited about all the Christmas stuff going on right now. If you look at the recent pictures on TimChes.com, you can see that we spent all of last weekend breaking out the Christmas decor, making Christmas cookies, visiting Santa, cutting down our Christmas tree and hanging the lights and ornaments on it. I come home from work the other day and Caleb already knows who’s present is who’s. He knows he’ll get to open them “on Christmas.” Though we kinda just stayed at home most of the time, it was one of the most fun weekends for me, spending time with Chesney and Caleb and doing stuff together.
The Christmas festivities continue when Chesney brings Caleb to downtown Santa Cruz, where it will be snowing! With all the fun, Christmas stuff going on, I have to make sure to tear him away from the presents and cookies, and remind him of the meaning of Christmas each year.
It’s good times right now being a dad, and I’m making sure to capture every potentially embarrassing moment of Caleb’s life to show off later. I can’t wait until Caleb’s old enough to be in those
hilarious cute Christmas musicals at church and at school.