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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

'Tis the New Traditions

Being baby's first Christmas, I haven't been this excited since I was a child. Just the fact that Santa's making his debut at our home this year is enough to leave me wide-eyed and awake on Christmas Eve (Ha! Who am I kidding?? These days, I'd practically trade St. Nick for Mr. Sandman!). Children are truly the greatest of game-changers. I adore how the magic is back in our holiday season.

Among the traditions I am creating as we merry along is "A Very Walden Weatherford Christmas" journal. It's a simple, blue composition notebook I will stow away with the decorations at the end of each season. In it, I'm jotting down notes about new traditions, new memories and some of the special gifts he receives. One of those notes explains the ornament collection I started for him this year. Here is the excerpt:

Every year, I will give you a set of ornaments, so one day, when you have your own tree, you will have an impressive collection full of meaning. Your BeBe (my mom) did the same for me. So, read on as I explain the meanings behind this year's ornaments -- the first of many loving traditions!

Red Globe: Son, I want to give you the world. Among my wishes for you is to understand our global community, realize we really are a small world, and know He's got the whole world in His hands. I want you to experience the gift of travel. That is something I wish I had done more of and hope to do with you in the future. I look forward to seeing the world through your eyes. This will be the first of many globes in your life. I hope to collect more ornaments like this for you over the years! As a side note, there is a globe in your nursery that lights up with the constellations when it's dark. You are only five months old, but you reach out to "make the world go 'round" every time we walk by the globe. You absolutely love it!

The Fox: Your baby shower before your arrival was themed "The Little Prince" in your anticipation. The fox in the "Little Prince" plays a crucial role in the morals of the famed story. The fox holds the secrets of life. Lo and behold, we kept finding foxes in the many things decorating your nursery, as well as your baby clothes and accessories. Of course, it was a coincidence, but it tied in well to the meaning in the story, which we will read together often, and the clever nature the fox is known for, which we believe you already have! As soon as we saw the fox ornament, daddy and I immediately purchased it in honor of you. As for the famous fox quotes in the "Little Prince":

"But if you tame me, we'll need each other. You'll be the only boy in the world for me. I'll be the only fox in the world for you."

And the most famous - 

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly."

The Hedgehog:  I've become more and more fascinated with hedgehogs over the years. Right now, they're illegal to have as pets in Georgia, but I have high hopes this will change. I would love for us to have one (or two) as a pet. You'll find your mom has a hard time saying no to animals! There also seems to be a theme of this cute creature in your nursery, much like the fox. The best analogy I can give with the hedgehog is life can be prickly sometimes, even in the cutest of packages. But that doesn't mean we don't embrace it. We just use caution. 

The Felt Elf: This little guy reminds me of the sugar plum fairy ornament mom has had hanging on her tree over the years. My sister and I used to fight over who would get it one day (even though the fairy was around before she was born!). I hope this elf is as cherished to you as the fairy. And it's yours for the keeping. No questions asked.

You also received two "Baby's First Christmas" ornaments. Mommy and daddy had a glass ornament made with your name on it that features a fawn and toadstools. You are our little deer - and always will be. 

Your Mimi and G-Dad also gave you one that is an engraved silver spoon. Both are now hanging proudly from the tree, which contains so many other special memories. You have now added immensely to them. 

Thanks for letting me share our new memories with you. And from our good lil' boy to all y'all other little boys and girls [in us] out there, Merry Christmas from the Macon Candy family!

Santa, we now know him!

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