As far as my kids are concerned, it’s not Christmas until the tree is setup and decorated. I feel the same way but for a different reason. I love the smell of it, the way it looks and the spirit of the holiday that it creates. My kids on the other hand, can’t wait for the tree to go up because they know once we are done decorating it, I will finally setup the train that we put under it. My oldest son, Harrison, starts asking in March whether Christmas is coming soon and if we will be able to setup the train again. He is only 4 but doesn’t miss a thing and is quite persistent. He waits all year for it!
As his father, it’s a pretty fun and special day for me when I finally get to setup the train, grab some drinks and snacks, sit on the floor with my two boys and play with the train. The process will be repeated just about every night from now until we take the tree down. It takes real effort for me to keep up my enthusiasm for it, especially after a long day of work. There are days where I just want to go home, eat dinner and relax but then I walk through the door to see two very excited boys, yelling hello over their shoulder as they run in the opposite direction to get the trains ready for me that makes me feel like a kid again and re-energizes me for the task at hand.
Has the Christmas season started in your house yet? What traditions do you use to start the season?