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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Magic

There is something about the season.  The lights.  The songs.  The decorations. The magic….

Truth be told.  I really only like religious Christmas music.  I’m not a fan of the Chipmunks Christmas or even Winter Wonder Land.  I don’t link Jingle Bells or Decking the Halls.  I like We Three Kings and Silent Night.

And then I had kids. … 3 year old kids.  That believe in everything … with a twinkle in their eye.

And so we are “Elf on the Shelf’in” it and going to see Santa and Decking the Halls every chance we get. 

And I love it. Every minute of it.

We took a trip this past weekend.  We went to Colonial Williamsburg.  It was awesome for so many reasons….

First and foremost – a year and a half ago, we thought our days of vacation were over.  We did take a vacation this summer, but we did it with help.  This was a true triumph… a vacation alone. 

Secondly – everything was Christmas Magic.  The lights, the sights, the sounds, the smells.. It was all magic.  We went to Bush Gardens one day and the entire park was lit up.  The kids just stared in wonder at the lights as we walked through the park.  At one point – Andrew asked me for a kiss.  My 3 year old baby never asks for a kiss anymore.  The next day we went to Colonial Williamsburg.  There were wreaths hung everywhere and – they were so cool.  But we also traveled into market square that evening, caught up with Santa, and window shopped the stores filled with goodies.  Christmas Magic.

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Christmas Magic…. I can’t explain it any other way.  These next shots are of Colonial Williamsburg.  Yes, some of them are of wreaths – but check out how cool they are! They made these wreaths out of anything they had laying around!
He knows…. this is where he would be standing if we were, “back in the day.”

So there you have it.  Our winter mini-vacation.  Just the 5 of us… sealed with a little Christmas Magic to go on our little trip alone.  Next summer we may have to take  a little bigger trip…. alone.  Because it was just one more hurdle we crossed.

Thanks – as always – Shell….

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At December 7, 2011 at 7:23 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

That looks like a great vacation. I have to admit that I've started to enjoy Christmas so much more after becoming a mother. I think it's the magic that you see in their eyes that makes it all worthwhile. Stopping by from PYHO.

At December 7, 2011 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Mrs. Sullivan said...

What great pictures!

I agree with Barbara, and you-having kids changes everything!

Thank you so much for sharing!

At December 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM , Blogger Shell said...

Oh, what a wonderful trip!

Seeing things through the eyes of a child- it really changes our perspective.

At December 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM , Blogger Awn said...

I LOVE that y'all went to Williamsburg! My parents started going there for their honeymoon and have gone back ever since. My mom's favorite time to go is Christmas because the place is decked out. And it's historical - it's the best of everything she loves.
Thanks for not just showing your kids what our world is like now but what it used to be like too.
Love you girl!

At December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Krista @ Not Mommy of the Year said...

Oh that's great! Looks like a fantastic getaway!

At December 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Christmas changed for me once we had children and I love it.
What a fun getaway.

At December 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

The reasons of why I adore you keep racking up...I LOVE "WE THREE KINGS"!! Favorite Christmas song EVER!! I get so upset that it is always left off the music list at our church during Advent season. One time, last year...I sang it over another song just to be spiteful (yes, while in church). They always sing the same songs and leave my favorite out :-(

Can I just tell you that Alexander looks so sweet sitting on Santa's lap that I could eat him like a piece of candy?! And the photo of the twins in front of the door...absolutely adorable!!

Williamsburg isnt that far from me...

At December 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM , Blogger championm2000 said...

I love Williamsburg, especially at Christmas, and especially when I see a family having such a good time :-)


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