Merry Christmas!

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Dear Roman,
Merry Christmas! What a Christmas it was- we did something festive every weekend since Thanksgiving.
First it was picking out our Christmas tree which you loved decorating. Plus you did an amazing job of being super careful. No broken ornaments to report!

Then there was the trip to see all the decorated gingerbread houses at a hotel in Seattle. We got inspired and made one of our own. You mostly ate the candy before it made it to the house.

We took a trip to the Teddy Bear Room which is basically a room at the Fairmont Hotel downtown that is decorated from head to toe with teddy bears. Honestly not your cup of tea, but they give out candy canes at the end and you LOVE a candy cane.

We saw a holiday concert at the symphony and you sat completely mesmerized by the production.

You checked out the model train display at Seattle Center and saw the Christmas ships come sailing in on Lake Washington.

You sat on Santa’s lap for the first time without losing it. I think you got up the courage to face your fear because you happened to be dressed as Batman that day. It was a successful mission as Santa guessed exactly what you wanted for Christmas- a Batmobile! How’d he know that?

You decorated cookies at Mimi’s cookie party and at your best friend Izzie’s.

Hands down your all time favorite holiday event is Snowflake Lane. The streets of downtown Bellevue turn into a winter wonderland with fake snow, drummers singing and marching and characters like Rudolph and Frosty hand out lolly pops. You’ve been going since your first Christmas and last year while at the show we discovered your love (some say obsession) for the drummers who march by in a line playing Christmas tunes on their drums. This year they didn’t disappoint. One visit you actually got invited to hang out with some of the band members and watch them up close as they played. A drummer handed you a tambourine as to suggest you join in. You scored massive amounts of lolly pops from them and you reenacted the whole event for days. You were already marching around our house yelling “Snowflake Lane” all day long, but that night fueled your passion. You even got Charlotte loving your productions.

Christmas was magical for you. Santa came and brought you your much anticipated Batmobile. In addition you also seemed to really enjoy a plastic Space Station and a cardboard castle.Your sister hooked you up with a super hero costume set which you LOVE. You were thrilled to open a guitar that Nana and Poppi gave you and a keyboard from Mimi and Pop. The best part was that you really took your time opening gifts and played with a toy for awhile before moving on to the next package. This year ‘s gift giving seemed paced and relaxed.

December really was more about fun rituals then it was about looking forward to toys. Now that Christmas is over you have to go through the painful withdrawal that is January. No daily advent calendar chocolates, no more sparkly lights on houses or Christmas tunes on the radio. No more looking for Elf on the Shelf every morning. When you realized the holiday was coming to an end you got really upset. I talked to you about how it is sad when good things end, but how there’s always more to look forward to. Like Dad’s birthday and Charlotte’s and Easter and so on…. this afternoon I overheard a pretend phone conversation you were having with Santa that went like this-

“Did you know we have to say goodbye to Elfie (your name for Elf on the Shelf) tonight? I’m going to be so sad. But tomorrow it will be Dad’s birthday and Charlotte’s birthday and my birthday and Halloween and then it will be CHRISTMAS AGAIN!”

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