We tend to do things low key in our own home, mostly because that's just who we are. Owen is not a fan of a lot of pomp and circumstance and neither am I. I suppose that is probably why he still doesn't quite understand Christmas and the whole Santa/gift/tree thing. He does love our Christmas tree this year and every time he can, he will turn it on so he can look at the lights. He will sometimes re-arrange the ornaments too, which doesn't bother me a bit, especially since I bought shatter-proof ones, knowing that my child would be able to break a bulb before I can blink my eyes!
One tradition we have started is checking out the lights and skaters at Rice Park in downtown St. Paul ever since we moved here five years ago. Each year, the city turns Rice Park into a magical world of lights, complete with a large Christmas-type tree, front and center. They also set up an ice rink for outdoor ice skating. When Owen was a baby and couldn't walk, we'd pop him into our carrier all bundled up and take a look at the lights.......I knew then that he was mesmerized by them. Once he was walking, he enjoyed running around, checking out the lights and the large wooden boxes set up to resemble presents.
|My two guys|
|The Landmark Building always looks like a castle to me|
But his very favorite part has been watching the ice skaters, clapping and laughing as they whiz by him. This year though, something even better was happening on the ice when we arrived for our yearly visit. They were playing broomball! Oh a boy and his love for anything with a ball...........and whenever the ball came close to where we were standing, Owen's excitement was palpable. I think that visit just totally made his year!
|Oh, oh, the ball is RIGHT THERE!|
|I'm SO happy!|
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!