Another Christmas first. It’s been about 35 years since anyone in our little family has sat on Santa’s lap. I predicted that Cole would not cry but opt for his serious face that he gets when he’s not sure about something. I was right. This picture captures him perfectly with his chubby belly showing, his shoes and socks kicked off and the transfixed stare directed toward Santa’s jingle bells. I love every part of him and this journey we’re sharing together.
I’m learning that starting traditions and renewing old ones is what having children is all about as we look at life always with the thought of what is best for Cole. Some things we want to do exactly like our parents did because we know it helped us become who we are today. Some things we want to tweak or change because it fits our family better.
But whether we’re talking about Christmastime or our family habits that last all year, one thing is for sure – traditions take on a whole new meaning when children are a part of them. We are grateful beyond words for this new phase of our lives. We were late in getting started but are embracing the adventure of parenthood the best we can and establishing the traditions that will help our little one have a happy life as he becomes all that he is meant to be.
Here’s to family traditions – at the holiday season and every other day of the year. Enjoy!