My 3yo is Making Christmas Magical Again

eli and hannah with tree

As a mother of many children and owner of few dollars, Christmastime can be a bit…stressful.  Though I understand and practice the true meaning of Christmas, every year is the same “How is Mrs Claus going to make everyone’s spirits bright this year?” when it comes to presents.  It sorta kills the mood.  That’s why for the past two years, I’ve considered it a tiny “score” that our youngest was too young to understand the gimme-gimme in the air or expect a great haul on Christmas morn.  Last year we got away with giving him a jacket, for goodness sakes!

But this year, he is 3, and somewhere in his labyrinthine and probably sticky mind, a switch has flipped.  Everything has become wide eyes and CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation points!!!

IT’S CHRISTMASTIME!

LOOK!  A TREE!

LOOK!  IT’S SANTA!

IT’S A HOLLY, JOLLY CHRISTMAS!

He repeatedly requests the Christmas movies in our DVR queue, and frequently reminds me in his best jumbled Perry Como impersonation, “It’s look a lot like Christmas!”

15 minutes after waking in the morning he pleads, “Mama, will you turn on the Christmas tree?” and sagely reminds me, “It’s not Christmas yet.  It’s Christmastime!”

Every snowman decoration he sees is “FROSTY THE SNOWMAN!” and he loves goofing with his reflection in the eight shiny ornaments he’s bunched together on the tree.

Last night he danced around the house with a roll of Christmas wrapping paper.  “I love it!  I love it!  I love it!” he cried.  Then he was hit with what the wrapping paper meant.  “Will I have presents?” he asked in wonder.  “Will I have presents IN MINE HOUSE?!”

When I told him yes, he was overjoyed and kept on dancing with his skinny paper partner.

So while he’s becoming aware of the gift connection with Christmas, he’s also embracing the wonder and excitement of the season.  And it’s infectious.  It makes me smile.  It makes my days happy and bright.

I’m so grateful for this young boy who has caused us to “start over” in so many ways, especially when it comes to making Christmas magical again.

  • CynthiaK

    Lovely. The magic of Christmas is a beautiful thing. 🙂

    • I didn’t I realized just how much I missed it until this year. I’m so glad Eli could show us this season through his eyes. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    My kids definitely help me appreciate the wonder of Christmastime so much more. However, my particular three year old is also in some kind of holy terror phase, which involves a significant lack of sleep.

    • Ha ha – I know what you mean!! Two nights before Christmas, Eli woke up at 2:30am screaming about some Legos. He had gone to sleep with them intact, and must have crushed them in his sleep. When he woke up, his creation had fallen apart, and he freaked out. So there I was, at 2:30am, scrambling for tiny Lego pieces. 😀 Craziness!

  • Aw, so sweet, Stacey! They really do open your eyes sometimes. That’s for sure! My youngest will be 3 in March. His sister is 9 and his brother just turned 12. I had forgotten what life is like through the eyes of a little one. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • You’re pretty much in the same boat as me with the age difference in kids – the son just older than Eli is 9 as well. So, yes, that time goes by and some things are forgotten. How lucky are we, though, to have these fun reminders!! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    My kids are far apart in age. 14, nearly 11, and 2. I just wanna like your post a million and a half times.

    🙂