Even though Eliza was having a day full of some trying little toddler moments... it was so special.
Grandma and Grandpa came over and we trimmed the tree, set up our Dickens houses, shared homemade lefse and a "frosty" (snowman) cookie, and watched as Eliza learned about traditions, the magic of Christmas, and hopefully, about how much her mama and dada love Christmas.
We introduced her to our special ornaments - the one that we had made the year she was born, with my favorite "classic" Eliza picture on it - the one from Nana and PopPop for her baptism, captain kirk and all his ships, the little glass sandal, and the pretty white bird, the stork ornament I got while I was pregnant with her that said "2007", which I used a sharpie to make it say "2009" (hey, it was only $2.50!), the little snowman family my BFF gave us when Eliza was born (I could go on and on!)... it was sweet.
It was the first of many tree trimmings. I love it, and I love making memories with her - that's what it's about, it's all part of creating memories for Eliza, for me, for our family. I want to make it magical. I want to make it special and sweet and something she looks forward to, just like my parents did for me.
And now, I'm sitting in my cozy house with candles glowing (okay they're electric candles. what? I have a toddler!), thinking about the fun day we had, and how much I hope it was special for Eliza, too.
To top it off? It's snowing!