At 23 months old, our girls don’t yet “get” Christmas.
Sure, they’re enjoying the sights (Christmas lights and reindeer figurines)…the sounds (can you say, “North Pole Radio”???)…and the tastes (I can’t make Oreo balls without giving them a little taste, now can I?).
And on Christmas morning I’m sure they’ll enjoy ripping open some presents and playing with a few new toys…or probably, more accurately, with the boxes.
But they don’t know to anticipate the nearing of the holiday.
While I’m looking forward already to their third Christmas, when I’m sure they’ll be bursting with excitement, part of me may be relishing having another “bye” year…a year in which I don’t really have that much to figure out.
I love the idea that Jenny posted last year, about her B/G twins each having their own wrapping paper. While I don’t think it matters so much for our girls this year, reading her post made me think about how I want to approach the holiday from an individuation standpoint.
This year our girls are getting a play kitchen and a kid-sized love seat…both gifts to share. In their stockings they’ll have a couple of smaller gifts, like Weebles and stacking blocks, which ultimately will be shared, as well.
At what point do children need to realize specific ownership of something (“this is my doll, and that is my sister’s doll”)?
What are your family’s traditions for making the holidays – or birthdays, for that matter – unique for each kiddo?
I would love to hear how you do things at your house. And keep in mind I’m coming from the standpoint of an only child…I have no reference point! HA!
Mandy, mom to fraternal twin girls, 23 months old