Ali wants nothing to do with Santa Claus this year. She doesn’t want him visiting her house (unless he promises to be gone by the time she wakes up), and she CERTAINLY has no interest in visiting HIM at the mall.
And, up until she actually opened one, she wasn’t a bit interested in presents. Every time someone asked her what she is getting for Christmas, she would say flippantly, “Nothing.”
Although we are still trying to do the whole Santa Claus thing, I’m actually pretty thrilled with her lack of interest and obsession with Santa Claus this year.
I love it because I know that there will be many Christmases ahead of us where she IS all about some Santa and presents and toys and stuff.
This Christmas is…special.
Every time she hears a Christmas song come on the radio, she starts excitedly asking, “Are they singing about Baby Jesus? And Mary? And Joseph? And the Shepherds? And the Wise Men??!!”
Every time we pass a nativity scene, she does inventory of all of the characters, and if any are missing, she demands repetitively, “Where ARE the wise men?!?”
(The first time they were absent, we tried to explain that they came much later in the story. But as we were explaining, we passed another nativity that DID have a set of Wise Men, so we gave up with historical accuracy and said, “There they are – they were just visiting THAT nativity first.”)
She loves her little play nativity (or “entivity”, as she calls it).
She loves talking about each character in the story.
She won’t talk about frankincense, but she adores gold and myrrh.
She’s singing Christmas carols and excited about singing about Baby Jesus.
And the Shepherds.
And the Wise Men.
It’s precious. And it’s everything that I want to be focused on at Christmas but struggle to, due to the shopping.
And the baking.
And the wrapping.
And my million to-do lists.
And the activities and parties and events.
Thank you for your two-year-old innocence, passion, focus, and unabashed love for Baby Jesus. I strive to be more like you.
Merry Christmas, and thank you for sharing your faith with me as I share my faith with you.