'tis the season

It's my favorite time of year. From Christmas music (Barbra Streisand's Christmas album is my favorite) to decorating the house and the tree, I thoroughly enjoy the month of December. And, this is the first year that Lucas will really get to enjoy it too! Not only will he enjoy it because he can hear the sounds of the season, but because he is the perfect age!

On Sunday, we went and cut down our tree. We took Lucas to Elizabeth Farms, a Christmas tree farm, where we were taken by horse drawn wagon to pick out our tree, saw it down, and return to take it home. Lucas loved the horses and enjoyed romping around among the trees.

Then we went to Dutch Winter Wonderland. I can't help but giggle at the name, Dutch Wonderland. It must sound pretty funny to those that aren't from around here. It's an amusement park geared toward kids, and they open up some of their rides during December, along with a light show and other attractions. Lucas really had a blast, not surprisingly. I can't wait to go again next year!

The house and tree are decorated, so now it's time to sit back and enjoy Christmastime with Lucas. He's already absorbing lots of seasonal language. He's not using all of it spontaneously, but if he sees a Santa Claus, he says "ho, ho, ho." We were reading a book tonight, and he was able to identify santa, a snowman, a reindeer, and an angel, which are all new words for him. Now it just needs to snow! Relating the Christmas story to him was easier than I thought too, because he could identify all the animals, the baby, and the stars, which kept his attention.
Wishing you a joyous holiday season!