Growing up I didn't celebrate Christmas so as a parent I am wading through what the holidays should look like for my kids. Even telling the story of Santa for the first time to my toddler felt like lying since I never believed in him myself. After seeing her sense of wonder and innocence visiting Santa it makes a little more sense.
I've learned the holidays are for creating traditions and moments of magic that you get to carry with you forever. She may not remember this first Santa visit at 3 years old, but I know I will. I think she will remember the times driving around looking at lights and singing to the radio. We both will remember picking out an ornament each year. This year she picked out an ornament with a girl on a rocking horse while my youngest picked out an ornament of kittens. In 30 years when I put that same rocking horse and kitten ornament on my wonderfully mismatched tree I get to remember my girls a little better as toddlers.
So I am jumping in a bit more to this whole Christmas thing with an open mind and heart. I want my kids to remember doing silly family activities during the holidays. I want them to remember they always opened a Christmas eve present filled with books. I want them to experience giving to others. I want them to be able to count on one hand how many presents they received each year because it's not a race to see who gets the most in this world.
So I am all ears to any memorable and amazing things you do with your children to create that magic. Except for the Elf on the Shelf; that is a no go for me.