The festive season has hit us once again. It’s crazy to think that it is almost 2017! It's our second Christmas with little Gia, the first Christmas she was just 10 days old, so you can imagine how excited we are this year. A time of year that we both love, now has so much more meaning and joy. Just when we thought the mad rush of Christmas shopping at the mall is over and everything can be purchased online, we are dying to get to the shops to see what we can buy this little human! When it comes to toys, where's the fun in shopping online? We want to touch, play and push buttons, right?
"If there is just one thing that we are able to instill into Gia, it will be that no matter what happens in her life, and no matter where the wind takes her, (Hopefully not far) family is, and always will be the most important part of her life."
Going to the shops with Gia is almost as much fun for me as it is for her. Everything excites her, she points and stares at everything in wonder. She is at an age where colours, textures and tastes rule her world - luckily for us, it’s not sweets that she wants, but every time we walk past the fruit she bursts into a panic of wanting. Imagine how amazing it must be to experience the world and be so extremely excited about it.
If I look back, my most memorable times happened during the festive season. It was, and still is a time of family, excitement, gifts and food. Lunch at 12:30, thereafter the entire house drifts off and naps, everyone wakes up at about 4pm and the food table gets attacked once again... It happens every year, and not just in our family I'm sure.
When I was little, my parents would always wake us up just after 12am and rush us outside to see Santa leaving, I never saw him, but the excitement of possibly seeing Santa was crazy. We were then allowed to open one gift from under the tree and the rest were saved for the morning. It was difficult trying to get back to sleep after that, so much anticipation and wonder as to what could be behind that wrapping paper.
If there is just one thing that we are able to instill into Gia, it will be that no matter what happens in her life, and no matter where the wind takes her, (Hopefully not far) family is, and always will be the most important part of her life. Family is the cornerstone that will shape her life. Her foundations in life will be taught by Milly and myself, and we will guide her through each and every milestone, cheering and screaming her name at the top of our lungs.
As Christmas arrives this year, we have had to hide gifts all over the place to keep them out of Gia’s sight. She spotted a bright yellow seesaw at the top of our cupboard, and now every time she comes into the room, she points at the cupboard waiting for us to open it and pass her the mysterious thing that caught her eye.
This year there were three of us putting up the Christmas tree. With Christmas music ringing in the background, and Gia fascinated by the shiny decorations, this year we get to experience what Christmas feels like as parents. It’s an enormous feeling of pride and excitement as the world of Christmas comes alive again, but this time, we have a new perspective. We will celebrate the joys of Christmas with our baby, and I can't think of anything better!
From my family to yours, may your festive season be complete with family, friends, good food and the magic of Christmas.
Merry Christmas - Don, Milly & Gia