12 Days of Christmas: Day 11, Is that all there is?
Christmas never seems as big and grand as it does when you’re a child. For weeks prior to the big day, their wide eyes see lights go up and they watch a thousand or so TV commercials advertising the latest and greatest “must have” toys. Anticipation grows and grows, and it’s really amazing that their little bodies can contain it all!
Once the 26th arrives and all the presents have been opened and the relatives have gone home, there’s a natural feeling of a let down. “Is that all there is?”
I hate that feeling, but I love having one last holiday surprise for my kids in the form of a fun Christmas outing that takes place a few days after Christmas. One year it was attending The Nutcracker. A year later we drove up north to play in the snow, and last year we drove over to Disneyland for a quick trip to catch their spectacular holiday displays. Whatever it is, it’s fun to give them one last something to look forward to, even a pre-planned family game and pizza night. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something special enough to look forward to.
Because I want the anticipation to be part of the fun, I don’t keep this a secret. I always let them know ahead of time about our plans. Okay, okay. I admit I’m a doting mom, but even I don’t want to let go of Christmas too soon! How could you extend your Christmas just a wee bit longer?
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