Since our boy is absorbing so much these days I did want to take the opportunity to tell him about the Christmas story, but I also wanted to be realistic in my abilities and not set myself up for failure. I figured Michael Scott's KISS advice to Keep It Simple, Stupid was probably best. My parents got him a magnetic Christmas tree for the fridge that had numbered ornaments for each day of Advent and a star for Christmas. This (along with a few Christmas books that I found) was the perfect thing for E to play with and it gave me the opportunity to talk simply about what we were preparing for.
Even through the magic, we didn't fully escape the stress of the season, and E and I in particular felt it. Through several of his tantrums, I thought to myself, "I feel ya kid." But overall, it was cherished time with the ones we love, celebrating something really Wonderful!
This last picture was from Christmas Eve and we were all a little frazzled at this point! (I named this Jingle Bells because I had a pretty sweet video of E singing Jingle Bells while working on his Advent Tree, but the video hates us apparently and will not upload. What're you gonna do?)