It occurs to me that the older I get, every year Christmas seems to come around quicker and quicker.
It seems like only yesterday that I wrestled the Christmas tree back into its cardboard box, polished off the last turkey drumstick and popped the last piece of candy cane in my mouth.
Why is it that at this time of year summer seems such a distant memory but no sooner are we finished packing away all our holiday gear than we’re planning for the next one?
Now that I am the parent of a toddler, I also realize how very special the holiday season is for children. This is the first year my daughter Hope is old enough to ‘help’ mommy and daddy decorate the Christmas tree. So what if it took twice as long as it usually does? We were singing Jingle Bells and having our own little dance party at the same time.
Hope also loves to help mommy in the kitchen with Christmas baking. Sure, she refused to wear an apron and was covered head to toe in flour but that’s OK; it was a bath night anyway.
And wouldn’t you know it, those cinnamon buns were the best I ever made.
So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that when Hope saw Santa stroll into the Winakwa Community Centre in Windsor Park she screamed with that fierce glee that’s usually associated with teenagers and boy bands.
Winakwa’s annual Lunch with Santa event on Dec. 1 featured lots of hot dogs, hot chocolate, singing and face painting.
Santa even brought Buddy the elf with him, who delighted the young and young-at-heart with his enthusiastic guitar playing and balloon animal creations.
For five-month old Addison, who was there with her family, it is a very special Christmas because it’s the first one she gets to share with her sisters Giana (7), Alyssa (10) and her 12-year old brother, Maverick.
I’m sure they told Santa what they want for Christmas but in case he forgot I promised I’d send a reminder:
Giana would like Barbie dolls.
Alyssa asked for Lego Friends and an iPod.
Maverick wants a hockey net.
And I have it on good authority from mom and dad (Jocelyn and Jason) that all Addison wants for Christmas is a Big Hugs Elmo.
Happy Holidays and all the best in the new year!
Heather Tiede is a community correspondent for Windsor Park. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org