By the time Christmas arrives, Bella will be almost 4 because her birthday is at the beginning of February. I have to say this is the first year she is really “into” Christmas. The first year, she didn’t know what was happening. The second year she didn’t know what was happening either, but enjoyed opening presents. Last year, she sort of understood, but didn’t exactly show any real excitement about it. This year is fun. She likes to ride around in the car looking for Christmas lights. She enjoys Christmas movies and songs. She was thrilled to put up decorations and decorate the tree. Her little bedroom is like a winter wonderland. She even has a wreath on her bedroom door. We have been making lots of homemade ornaments and crafts, which she enjoys. But of course, her favorite part is the presents. We’ve figured out that we really can’t put any presents for her under the tree right now because she becomes preoccupied with them and begs and begs to open them. So there are only two small things for her currently under our tree, everything else is still hidden away. On the other hand, Bella doesn’t have a problem with presents for OTHER people being under the tree. She rather enjoys having lots of gifts under the tree, as long as they aren’t hers to obsess over. So, I’ve taken to letting her assist me in wrapping presents for other people and letting her place them under the tree.
I thought I was a genius and then it back fired. You see, whenever someone comes into the house, she immediately goes to the tree and starts picking up their presents and takes them to that person. Bella can’t read any names other than her own, but she has committed to memory which presents belong to whom. It’s really quite impressive. Then she proceeds to tell that person what is in each package. For instance, this is a conversation that she had with her father the other day:
Bella: “Here daddy, this is a present for you.”
Husband: “Thank you, Bella.”
Bella: “It’s from Mommy.”
Husband: “Well that’s nice.”
Bella: “It’s chocolates.”
This same thing has happened with almost every present under that tree.
Long story short, no one is going to be surprised by their gifts around here this year. I’ve gotta stop letting that kid watch me wrap things.