I have to admit. Part of me is so, so sad about Christmas this year. Working as a nurse I work every other holiday and this year I have Thanksgiving off, but I have to work Christmas Day. It just kills me knowing that I won’t be there to see Alea open her presents on Christmas morning. It absolutely tears me apart. But I’m still bound and determined to make Christmas amazing for my little Alea. Because really, in the end it’s not about me– it’s about her! I want her to feel the magic of Christmas, even if I’m not there to celebrate with her on Christmas morning.
It’s pretty surprising to me that there isn’t more on Alea’s Christmas wish list already. She’s been through toy catalogues galore, and still this is all that we’ve added to her Christmas list in the last couple of months. It’s both good and bad, I suppose. It certainly doesn’t help me out with my Christmas shopping at all or give family a lot of ideas of what to get her, but at least she’s content with what she already has. It’s like a parenting win when your little one isn’t begging for every single toy they come across and asking for every single toy for Christmas. You know?
Here’s what’s on Alea’s Christmas list so far:
001. A Travel Pillow: This wasn’t necessarily on Alea’s list, but something we’ve noticed she could get a lot of use out of. We travel frequently between Minnesota and Wisconsin visiting family and we have for quite some time. It always kills us to see Alea’s head slouched over to the side when she falls asleep in the car and would love for her to have a cute and comfy travel pillow. And how cute is this little bumblebee? Seriously!
002. Jammies: And Frozen jammies, nonetheless. I feel like that’s the one thing that Alea always needs for Christmas and the one thing she always gets from us and from family. You can never have enough jammies– that’s what I say! And these would be perfect for our Christmas Eve tradition of opening one gift of Christmas pajamas for her to wear on Christmas Eve.
003. A White Kitty: Yeah, I don’t know either. Cory asked Alea the other night what gift she would want if she could only get one gift for Christmas and she said “a white kitty stuffed animal.” Girlfriend doesn’t set the bar too high I guess!
004. Twistable Colored Pencils: We’ve fallen in love with the Twistable crayons and I think little miss is ready to move up in the world and try some colored pencils. She loves to color in coloring books, but she’s also grown to love her preschool workbooks more and more and these colored pencils would make working in her workbooks even more fun. And much easier to use to write and trace letters than the twistable crayons!
005. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle anything: Yep, you heard that right. My little girl is obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It makes me laugh, because I guess Cory was Ninja Turtle obsessed when he was younger, too. Maybe it’s genetic?
006. Ice Skates: I think Santa will be putting a pretty pair of pink ice skates under the tree this year just for our little Alea. She expressed an interest in learning how to ice skate to me the other day on our way into daycare and it just melted my heart. I never learned how to ice skate when I was younger so I’d love for her to learn!
I love how simple her little Christmas wish list is, but I have to admit, I hope we get some more items on her wish list or I’m going to have no idea what to tell family to get her! We also have a few things that I’ve already bought her for Christmas stowed away. I think we’ll also have her open one of her “bigger” gifts on Christmas Eve, just so I can see her open it. Selfish? Maybe. But I just don’t want to miss out entirely. And I have a feeling Alea won’t mind. ::winks::
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What’s on your little one’s wish list this year?
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