For the past few weekends we have been bouncing around Philadelphia to all of the free holiday events and enjoying the lights, jingle bells, and hot chocolate at each. Many of these events are things that we do each year and have become new holiday traditions for our family. One of my favorites this year though was a morning I spent alone with my son. Since becoming a family of four, it has become rarer that we get this one-one-one time and there are things that are easier done without a young toddler in tow. So one day he and I went to the Macy’s Christmas light show together and having my sole attention was good for us both. On the way home, I asked him what his favorite part was and he said, “lying on the floor and watching the lights, eating the snowman cookie, writing a letter to Santa, and riding the escalator.” I smiled because that was our whole morning.
As I finish wrapping gifts and making last-minute holiday preparations, it is memories like this one that make the holiday stress melt away. While we trimmed our tree weeks ago, with two young children in our house the ornaments are never static. As they pull ornaments off, we are always redecorating and in doing so, reliving memories. So this Christmas, I wish you lots of love and laughter with family and friends and a day full of creating memories, big and small.
Our favorite holiday events in the city: