Post written Dec. 5
So I just read a blog post about a woman who has already planned her kid’s third birthday party. Third as in turning three years old. And he’s currently 6 months old.
And to think, I haven’t even started thinking about Christmas 2012 yet! Actually, that’s a lie. We have started thinking about it. Like when we go to the mall and we see parents carrying their babies or pushing them in strollers. We say, “That’s going to be us next year!” And the realization that life as we know it will not be anything like it is now as of this time next year. Which I guess makes sense because life really isn’t exactly like it was the year before it anyway, but now I’m just contradicting myself and that’s not the point of this post (oh yes, I have one).
So that got me wondering about a few holiday-related things:
- In a couple of years, do you think I can I still get away with having my kid make red and green paper chains as holiday entertainment?
- Or how about a popcorn chain? I never made one, but seems somewhat easy, not very messy, and VERY time consuming.
- Will my kid still be entertained by older cartoons, like Charlie Brown Christmas and the claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? I loved those as a kid. And SOMEONE needs to sit and watch it with me. At least I know I’ll have a captive audience next year. Six month olds are sort of screwed that way by the whole not-walking-yet thing.
- Do the baby-on-Santa’s lap photos ever look cute? Or do the babies always scream and cry? Saw Santa holding a baby at the mall and it looked…odd.
- Christmas shopping for baby: What’s the point? Can six month olds even open gifts? I’ve already found this shopping experience to be difficult since my SIL has a 5 mo. old and I’m pretty sure he will not give two hoots about the musical puppy we got him. Nor will he even remember (or care) who bought it for him. Psh. Babies. So ungrateful.
- I’d like to start an ornament tradition with the baby. Hopefully something handmade every year. Maybe a hand print or a baby shoe-turned-ornament for the first year. (Babies aren’t really all that crafty, I’m told.) Someone remind me of this ambition next year when I’ll likely be looking at photo frame ornaments with the year marked on it instead. Hey, it’s still personalized and special!
- One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking cookies. I have visions of my kids helping me with this process. But a baby? Useless. BUT! I wonder if I mush up the cookie in some milk, the baby could do some taste testing for me. You know, give me a messy, open-mouthed “I want more” sign indicating it’s good, or a raspberry-blowing, spit-up fest that kindly tells me, “Don’t quit your day job, ma.” Hmmm. Still, something tells me next year might be a break-and-bake kind of year anyway.
- Perhaps the only holiday tradition we might all enjoy is our annual trek to look at Christmas lights. This is provided the weather cooperates and the baby doesn’t take naps from 6-8pm. Which…is entirely possible.
Well, crap. I don’t think this whole baby thing is going to be all that much fun next year. Maybe I’ll just dress it up in funny outfits while it sleeps and take a bunch of pictures. Like a red Santa suit and fake beard. Or some reindeer antlers and a red nose. Now THAT sounds like the makings of an annual holiday tradition.