Most years, I can't wait until Christmas comes along. This year, I couldn't wait for it to be over.
In somewhat of a classic young-couple blunder, my wife and I tried valiantly to please everyone this holiday season. That meant eight hours of driving and four hours of sleep for the past three nights. When we got home on Christmas night, we were both fried.
Since we got married, Tiffany and I have been committed to the annual Christmas frenzy. This year, our baby boy made us realize we need to rethink the holiday season. While Tiffany and I have time-honored family traditions, we both want to create new traditions for Lucas. This Christmas made us realize there's just not enough time for everything.
Going forward, my wife and I agree that we want Lucas to wake up at home on Christmas morning. We remember the excitement of Santa, and we want the same for him.
More importantly, we realized that our hectic holiday schedule has left little time for church. We feel it's necessary for Lucas to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately, Christ's birth seems to be an after-thought these days. In our household, it will remain the reason for the season.
Lastly, the hustle and bustle made me cranky this Christmas. Tiffany also seemed a little edgy. We both remember our parents being happy and content on Christmas. I think also Lucas deserves this. (Tiffany and Lucas, I'm sorry for losing my cool on Christmas night.)
Next year, we'll both be committed to creating an enjoyable experience for our son. After all, it's the one day each year that everyone seems to forget about all the troubles in the world.
How was your Christmas this year? Was it one for the memory books, good or bad? Also, Merry Christmas from a dad who's still learning.
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