December 06, 2011
Look at how cute this little girl is! She's ours, we made her.
Obviously, we made the trip to see Santa. I went last year with my single dad friend Matt and his little girl Sakura so I knew it was going to be awesome, they have a little fake fireplace and Rudolph asleep in front of it, his little chest rising and falling as he snores out loud. It's the cutest. I also knew that Violet would neither know what was up nor care, she's 7 months old. This trip was all for us, the parents of a little girl who is about to have her first Christmas. Now, Rob has never had Christmas before and my parents are not that into it, we had some presents (so that we didn't feel left out at school) and a potted plant (a fig!) to decorate, there was lots of food but we were raised vegetarian so it wasn't Christmassy and no carols, stockings or Christmas parties. Just the four of us. Visiting an old guy dressed in red at a shopping mall was kind of the antithesis of my parents' hippy values. I'm not saying I wish I'd had a different Christmas experience but this is our first 'real' family Christmas and we're deciding what traditions we want to follow and what we want Christmas to be for our family, without the influences of what we've both grown up with. For example, we bought a tree (not a real one, I'm paranoid about Violet swallowing needles that WILL drop in the heat of summer), a big one! We decorated it good, we saw Santa and we want to go every year. I'm not sure what we'll eat yet (still vegetarian!) but we've been listening to Christmas music already and planning presents, thinking about stockings and we've invited our families to join us!
Back to how cute that picture is..