The holidays are always an exciting time, but this year is the first year that our boys are really old enough to start to “get” what’s going on. My three-year-old is experiencing the holidays as if they were new, and my two-year-old is following his big brother’s lead. The thing they have been looking forward to most of all is putting up the Christmas tree.
My husband and I really want to make trimming the tree a special thing for the kids, so we decided to make a whole evening of it. We started off with a special meal. The Indiana Family of Farmers were kind enough to provide me with some great items to ensure we’d have a delicious meal. I opened up my new Christmas cookbook, an decided on baked nacho subs. Something warm and homey – but also something the kids would eat! The recipe was so easy, and soon the smell of delicious food filled our home.
While I cooked dinner, the boys “helped” get out the tree and get the lights up, with How the Grinch Stole Christmas playing in the background. We shared our meal together, and talked with the kids about all the things there were to look forward to this holiday season. The kids can’t wait to go see Christmas lights, go see a Nativity play, participate in their Christmas program at school, and most of all – open presents!
I know this isn’t their first Christmas, but this year feels like their first memorable Christmas, the first year they are actually starting to get it. The “Putting the Tree Up” dinner is a new tradition for us, but one we want to continue for many years to come. It was a great kick-off to the holiday season, and it meant so much just to sit together, enjoy each others’ company, and eat a great meal. The holiday season can get so busy, but what really matters is the time you spend with the people you love the most.
This post was written as part of the Indiana Family of Farmers Table Talk series. IFOF was kind enough to provide me with some awesome items to help make our holiday meal memorable. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. Merry Christmas!