Kellen’s first Christmas was fantastic. Between celebrating with our families and having our own celebration, we had a total of five Christmases. Kellen had a blast at all of them.
We celebrated our first Christmas on Christmas Eve with Aimee’s sister, her husband, and their two kids, Hayden and McKinley. Kellen’s cousins love to play with him and teach him things. They’re like a big brother and sister to him.
They also tried to help him open some of his presents, but he got the hang of it pretty quick. Then it was time play to with their new toys!
Our next Christmas was a quick celebration with just the three of us Christmas morning. Aimee and I have started a tradition of decorating a blank Christmas ornament with things that happened in our lives throughout the year. While normally, we’d have a couple trips to write about, this Christmas’ ornament was all about Kellen.
Christmas three was with my parents, sister, and brother. My brother flew in from California to celebrate with us. Kellen got a lot of clothes for Christmas, but all he seemed to care about was the wrapping paper.
All the festivities took their toll as Kellen fell asleep on Abuela Becky.
Our fourth Christmas, we spent at our place with more of Aimee’s family, including her folks, two stepsisters, and nieces.
At one point, Hayden became transfixed by the TV, which was behind me. I sat unnoticed on the floor in front of him and took several photos as he stared over me at the TV.
Aimee took this photo of me trying to get Kellen down for a nap. His cousin, McKinley, helped out by singing lullabies to him.
Christmas five, which took place the following weekend, was with my grandparents, who’ve spent quite a bit of time with Kellen. Also there, were their kids - my stepfather and aunt - her husband, and their two kids, who were all meeting Kellen for the first time. The two girls, Julianna and Katherine, took right to him.
Grammy got Kellen several Hungry Caterpillar items and made him a beautiful matching quilt.
Excited For The Future
We’re excited to develop our own family traditions with Kellen in the future. We can’t wait until he’s old enough to get excited about going to bed Christmas Eve and leaving cookies for Santa and the joy and excitement he’ll feel Christmas morning.
We hope your Christmas was as joyful as ours was.