The Magic

Last year Alice was about 18 months old this time of year–still a baby in my eyes.

This year she is two-and-a-half. There are no more babies in Sluiter Nation, and unless something goes wrong, we are all done having babies in Sluiter Nation. And at two-and-a-half, Alice is totally starting to “get” the holidays.

I love this age.

For all of my kids, really. The Holiday Magic is very real to all of them at 8, 5, and 2.

I remember just before we had Eddie, the holidays had started to lose something for me and I couldn’t figure out what. Now with three kids who could barely contain all the excitement in their small bodies as we put up the Christmas tree and they had to wait for their turn to put on ornaments, I know what was missing.

The Magic.

They actually hugged each other and squealed with delight as I put up on the lights–something that makes me have to bite my tongue because it’s so frustrating.

When I handed each kid their ornament box, they practically vibrated with magic as they took the lid off and shifted through their personal ornaments.

The boys ooo-ed and ahhh-ed as they tried to remember each one.

Alice told me all of them were pretty, and danced while she brought them to the tree.

Each of them is already almost over-filled with the holiday magic.

And it’s both intoxicating and contagious in the best possible ways.

May the magic infect you as well, my friends.

More Traditions

Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, for as long as I can remember my mom and I have gone Black Friday shopping.

Not crazy, wait in line, up at the booty crack of dawn Black Friday shopping, but make our way out of the house by 10am and get some deals on stuff we need.

It’s one of my favorite days of the year.

Also every year since Eddie was just born, we have gotten Christmas jammies.

It’s one of my favorite parts of the holidays.

One month until Christmas Eve.

One month filled with traditions new and old.

My favorite.

The Music of the Season {A Giveaway}

I think I’ve mentioned no fewer than a bazillion times that my boys love music.

This summer I received a Kidz Bop CD and Eddie has listened to it so many times I actually find myself preferring The Kidz Bop version of that Selena Gomez song “Come & Get It” than the Selena Gomez version. This is ridiculous because I shouldn’t like EITHER VERSION.

When I had the chance to review the Kidz Bop Christmas album, I jumped on that wagon super quick.

Last year Eddie listened to a Little People Christmas CD that was so bad I thought my ears were going to bleed. They voices were grating and the songs were just…

Let’s just say that CD accidentally broke in half.

What?

It was time for something new.

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The new Kidz Bop Christmas CD has fifteen songs and I’m only giving one the side-eye. “Christmas Wrapping” is just not my favorite song no matter who sings…er…”raps” it.

It does have some of my favorites though like “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Silver Bells”, and some of Eddie’s favorites like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Must Be Santa”–which he knows every word to.

I know Cortney loves when Eddie and I start belting out “special night, beard that’s white…MUST BE SANTA, MUST BE SANTA, MUST BE SANTA, SANTA CLAUS!” You only WISH you were in the car when that happens.

Wait! You CAN be in the car when that happens…well, not in our car, but you can have the sing-along in your car.  All you have to do is enter to win a copy of your own!

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*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a copy of Kidz Bop Christmas to review, but the opinions are all mine (and Eddie’s).

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