December 7, 2011

Feast of St. Nicholas

December 6th was the Feast of St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was an actual person who would travel around his area on Christmas Eve bringing small toys and trinkets to children in celebration of our Lord's birth. The character of Santa was based off this actual person. It is difficult to explain how Santa and St. Nicholas are "related" to a three year old (I don't even attempt it with Danny yet), but at the end of the day as long as Robbie realizes that we are celebrating Christ's birthday I will be satisfied!!!

I did not get a chance to take pictures of the boys discovering their shoes, but this was a "before" picture. Robbie woke up and walked right by these shoes and when I reminded him that they were there his eyes lit up and he went running for the shoes. He was so excited and pulled out each piece of candy and each toy slowly examining them because they were special gifts from Santa/St. Nick. This Christmas is so much fun so far!

Santa Visit 2011

Robbie and Danny visited Santa recently! Robbie was in awe of the man who he says is Jesus' best friend (we are trying to keep the focus on the "reason for the season"). He gave Santa a big hug and when Santa asked him what he wanted for Christmas robbie said "treats" - meaning sugary foods/cookies/candy. Santa asked if that was all and Robbie decided to push his luck and also ask for "toys". Santa asked him if he wanted any particular toys and Robbie said "bad guys". For whatever reason our little man does not want to be the super hero, he likes the bad guys. I think this is because a few children's cartoon movies recently have told the story from the bad guy's perspective and have made the lines a little blurry between right and wrong - we are now much more careful what he watches!!!

Danny on the other hand was not too sure of this guy in a red suit. He didn't necessarily cry, but he certainly was very concerned that his parents left him in the lap of a total stranger dressed in a very weird outfit!

It was so much fun to take the boys to see Santa. This Christmas has been so special so far because the boys bring the magic back to Christmas. I am planning on spoiling them with fun activities, homemade treats and hopefully lots of special memories!