Now that we have three teens and a tween — the Christmas season is a little less magical.
Instead of the giddy excitement that once filled the house, it’s a bit more subdued. The other day Adam said out of the blue, “Some days I’m stoked that it’s almost Christmas and other days, I forget.”
Some days it seems like everyone around here has forgotten. I had to remind them over and over to fork over their Christmas lists. I was ordering last minute presents up until last weekend — who knows if everything will arrive on time.
And then there’s the stuff the kids used to get so excited about. The Christmas toys — the plastic manger and Santa’s workshop — never got unpacked this year and no one even noticed. No one asked about the box of Christmas movies they used to watch nonstop. And I only went looking for the Christmas books out of nostalgia and made Jonah get in bed with me to read my favorite, “Olivia Helps with Christmas.”
But there are some benefits to having teens around the holidays. Adam helped carry the tree we chopped down to the car and assisted getting it on and off the car roof. Lilly took over the dreaded task of putting the lights on the tree and helped decorate the house. Maggie drove them all to the store for their annual shopping trip to pick out gifts for each other. And as an added bonus, we’ll probably get to sleep until at least 8 on Christmas morning.
The house isn’t completely devoid of Christmas magic, however. The other day, Jonah finally finished his letter to Santa, and I popped it in our house mailbox for the mail carrier to pick up. A few days later, an envelope mysteriously appeared under our front door. It was a note from Santa thanking Jonah for his letter. I’m pretty impressed with our mail carrier who was able to get that letter to Santa and the response back from the North Pole in just a couple of days. Yep, there is still a little bit of Christmas magic in our house.
Merry Christmas to your family. I hope it’s filled with wonderful memories and a little bit of holiday magic.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 15, Adam, 15, and Jonah, 11.