Christmas with 2 under 2
Christmas cookies: I LOVE baking for Christmas. My sister and I have started a fun tradition of taking a “Baking Day” before Christmas and we spend the entire day baking/prepping Christmas goodies. Last year, it was on a Saturday and Jon was able to keep Kate occupied during her awake hours. This year, it was on a Monday (therefore, no blog post yesterday!). Let’s just say that with two under two, Gretchen and I didn’t have many moments alone for peaceful baking!
Decorations: Most of my favorite decorations are candles. Or breakable things. You know, toddler/baby appropriate items. *sigh* I pulled out many of them from the Christmas bins, stared longingly at them, and returned them to the bins. We don’t have much shelf/counter space in our home, so we don’t have many places to put our decorations out of harm’s way. However, our house is not void of breakable Christmas decorations. Call me crazy, but here’s my plan. Kate needs to learn that not everything is fair game. We still have candles in the windows, ornaments on the entire tree, a tablecloth with a glass nativity on the dining room table, and a mini Christmas tree all within reach of little hands. Reality: The world is not baby proof. And Kate is learning what she can and can’t touch/play with. It’s important for her to learn that our home will have some of Mom and Dad’s things within her grasp and they are not toys. And believe it or not, this has worked REALLY well! She knows that she can look at the candles in the windows, but not touch. She can peek up on the dining room table, but doesn’t yank on the tablecloth. She can touch some of the ornaments on the bottom part of the tree, but she knows not to pull them off. (In case she does, they aren’t breakable!)
Tree watering: I don’t do it anymore. HA! Guess who does??
Yup! I just gave her a container with ice cubes, and she got to work! Those bad boys will melt in the stand, and our beautiful Fraser fir is watered until it’s thirsty again! Sorry about the bad lighting- you can only get but so many angles when you’re under. the. tree.
Those are a few ways our Christmas looks a little bit different this year. We’re also coming to some conclusions regarding “The Great Santa Debate.” Check back next week for more on that!
Did you/do you do anything differently in the Christmas season with young ones in the house?