Post # 1
I’ve always LOVED Christmas, but naturally it was more exciting and magical as a kid. I once heard someone say that they enjoy Christmas even more as a parent than they did as a child. Does anyone else feel this way? Or is it the opposite and a more stressful experience? Next Christmas DH and I will have a snuggly 5 month old so I’m already getting kinda excited thinking about being able to watch our future child(ren) experience it year after year!
Post # 3
It’s way more exciting! You kinda get to relive that feeling of seeing the presents and getting to tear into them finally, all the awe and excitment about what you might get, the stockings, lights, it’s all still magical to them.
My son is almost 4 and this is the best Christmas with him so far because he understands more, he’s able to unwrap the gifts and he’s sooooo excited to see what’s his and what’s his cousins, what he got or didn’t, etc. Every morning he wakes up super excited and says “Is it Christmas today!?!”
It makes you remember those feelings, and old family memories. I think holidays are one of the best perks of having kids.
Post # 4
We don’t even have kids and I answered YES!!. My brother moved home with his kids when the youngest was almost two. The next 8 Christmas’ were amazing watching her. Then we had another baby move in our house and Christmas’ was exciting all over again. The days leading up to Christmas, decorating the tree, just driving around looking at lights. In Baltimore there’s an entire neighborhood that decorates with lights and trains (go HAMDEN),going to see Santa, and since Santa got cookies, we had to get an ice cream cake from Carvel’s for Jesus’ birthday.
We get lucky, there’s usually a new kid around just as one kid gets old enough to lose the magic of the whole season.
Post # 5
@HisIrishPrincess: woo hoo 34th street! Haven’t been there yet this year!
Post # 6
Older Bee here (kids as old as most Bees)
YES, YES, YES…
It is also a ton of work… trying to make everything so wonderful
Tree, Lights, Decorating, Baking, Cooking… not to mention Shopping in crowded stores trying to get the PERFECT Gift… Late Night Wrapping… and Christmas Eve where you stay up putting together stuff, and making the Treescape look just so…. then falling into bed just before dawn… with little ones that then bounce into your room maybe an hour later.
It is AWESOME to have kids and see Christmas Magic again thru their eyes.
But it is exhausting too (Christmas Afternoon Naps… are a MUST DO)
It rocks tho… being able to Play Santa and make dreams come true
I cannot wait until Mr TTR & I can take on the role of Gramma & Gampa Claus.
Post # 7
I’m a grinch but my 2 year old and 3 year old make me sing christmas songs ALL OF THE TIME! Gifts, lights, Santas, baby Jesus, the excitement to see trees, advent calendars, christmas crafts… thats a lot of excitement there. Seeing them happy makes you happy.
Post # 8
I think Christmas is always more exciting when there are children involved. My kids are grown but I have a nephew who is in the belief in Santa stage, I look more forward to seeing him get his Santa gifts than I do seeing my immediate family open theirs. The wonder and magic in a kids eyes at Christmas is one of the things that makes Christmas still magical to me.
Post # 9
I found it to be much more exciting with children. And over the years, we have developed our own traditions, and it is fabulous when the kids say how much they look forward to certain things. It put the magic back into it when we got to create that magic for someone else. I love it.
Post # 10
Yes and no. Yes because seeing the joy of your child makes all the work worth it. However it is A LOT of work! Presents, decorations, santa pics, elf on the shelf, Christmas outfits, Christmas programs and parties out the whazoo…. yeah. I feel like a shitty Mom if I don’t do all the things you are ” supposed” to do but this year I just didn’t have the time. But it does end up being worth it and I am dying of anticipation waiting for him to open his presents!
Post # 11
i think it will be more exciting, but once theyre old enough to understand that christmas is different from other days (waiting for santa etc)
i reckon for the first year with a baby it wont be any more exciting
Post # 12
Christmas for our four year old is amazing. She loves the countdown and seeing gifts being slowly added to the tree. It’s stressful but the week leading up to Christmas and that day are worth it all. I feel just as excited as she does when I buy her gifts and when I see her open them!!
Post # 13
I loved reading all your responses! I know kids don’t really understand Christmas until they’re like 3 or 4 so I have a ways to go but I’m already excited about it! Lol