This has been a wonderful holiday season. I don’t believe that I have ever enjoyed the holidays as much as I did this year. Celebrating Christmas with a child adds a whole new dimension of joy to an already joyous occasion. Watching our little girl’s face light up whenever she saw the twinkling lights, listening to her sing Christmas carols & hearing her squeal as she tore the wrapping paper off of her presents were all the gifts I could have ever asked for. It was indeed a Merry Christmas.
Of course now Christmas is over & with all of that happiness and joy comes the holiday aftermath. A pile-up of Amazon boxes and paper sit crowding the corner of our kitchen ready to create an avalanche of recyclables if someone sneezes in their direction. All of our unwrapped Christmas gifts sit under the Christmas tree waiting to be assigned a home while we clear out all of our old toys & books to make way for the new arrivals. A pile of Christmas cards will sit on our kitchen island as I struggle with an internal battle over whether to keep all of them or add them to our pile of recyclables. A list of names of people we have to send thank you cards to is lost among all of the chaos. Remind me to send so & so a thank you card to thank them for their thank you card.
Today, as I watch my daughter roll around on a blanket on the floor, perfectly content with pretending that she is a piglet in a mud puddle, I wonder to myself again just why did we buy so many things? Other than an Elsa dress & a princess tea party set that she received from her aunties, she really hasn’t paid much mind to any of her other gifts after the initial excitement wore off.
Last night as I sat on the floor building cabins with Lincoln Logs while my husband ground up ice with Snoopy’s Snow Cone Maker, we realized something. Many of these toys and gadgets that we bought our daughter were childhood toys that we wanted as children. Were we actually reliving our childhood vicariously through our child? I think maybe so. Next year we will just buy the toys for each other, but we will still let Mai open them.
Happy holiday clean up to all!.