Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Capers

Experiencing Christmas with kids is amazing; it's fun to see the Holidays through their eyes.

This year, there was lots of talk about Santa. My oldest (7 years) initiated a lot of conversation about the Man In Red. Today he pondered with his brothers the existence of Santa, or whether he was just a myth (his words). He then answered his own question by saying he had to be real, because he saw satellite photos of Santa's journeys on the Internet. I was a little relieved that he came to this revelation on his own. Frankly, I'm not sure if I'm ready to give up believing in Santa.

This evening we went to Catholic Mass with some friends. Our home church is Evangelical Protestant, but the Mass time fit best in our schedule, and our friends invited us to attend with them. My husband was raised Catholic and he is totally familiar with all of the nuances of the service. I, on the other hand, get confused quickly, and spent most of the Mass in the cry room where I felt like I was with "my people" (frazzled moms with screaming babies and toddlers).

In the cry room, I was sitting on the floor with baby Collin. An 18-month-old girl came up to see him. She had a mouth full of Goldfish. Just as she reached us, she let loose a massive sneeze right in my face. Chunks of Goldfish came hurtling at my face, drenching me with moist orange wads of baked crackers. Her parents were mortified! It felt like just another day to me.

The quote of the Mass was when Cooper (3 years old) exclaimed with wide eyes, "They even have a pool!" (Referring to the baptismal font). I think that alone would cause him to convert to the Catholic faith.

The boys are nestled into their beds right now with visions of Santa resting in their heads (at least for one more year!).

Merry Christmas!

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