|Decking the halls, 2015 (8-years-old)|
This was last year when Aiden was 7-years-old and we went to take pictures with Santa.
|ABC Carpet & Home, 2014 (7-years-old)|
Well. When you put it like that...
|Kings Plaza, 2009 (2-years-old)|
I remember listening to so many of my mommy friends talk about Christmas and holiday traditions from their childhood that they wanted to pass on to their children. And I remember that inadequate feeling of coming up short. I had nothing to share and no tradition to pass on.
|Kings Plaza, 2010 (3-years-old... what a difference a year makes!)|
We deck the halls by decorating the Christmas tree, while jamming out to our favorite R&B holiday station on Pandora.
We watch Home Alone and Home Alone: Lost in New York. Several times. Because those are the classics and the only ones worth watching.
We go see Alvin Ailey and NY City Center because the performers were born to dance and they inspire me to move, shake, and test boundaries. (I hope one day they inspire Aiden too.)
|Macy's SantaLand, 2011 (4-years-old)|
|Macy's SantaLand, 2012 (5-years-old)|
We decorate ginger bread houses. And eat lots of frosting and candy in the process.
We take pictures with Santa. Once, twice, sometimes thrice throughout the holiday season.
We make holiday cards to send out to friends and loved ones.
|ABC Carpet & Home, 2013 (6-years-old)|
We go see the tree at Rock Center. (I mean, we have to if we live in NYC, right?)
We play tourist for an afternoon, walk along 5th Avenue to see the holiday displays in stores, and pick a favorite.
|Macy's SantaLand, 2013|
|Christmas Eve, 2013 (#BlessedDuo)|
We wear new pajamas on Christmas Eve and Aiden takes a bubble bath. Then we bake and decorate cookies for Santa. Then we leave him a sweet note, something to the tune of "I hope you like your cookies..."
We discuss that this season is not just about getting presents, but giving and loving and thanking God for all that we have. And celebrating the birth of Christ.
On Christmas morning, we wake up to open presents, from Santa and from mommy. After presents and pictures and excitement, we make pancakes and enjoy breakfast together.
|Rock Center, 2014|
|Alvin Ailey, 2014|
|Just us. And Chicago, 2014|
So far, they've been happy memories. Sweet memories. Warm memories. Fuzzy, feel-good memories.
And that alone is enough to make my heart smile.