Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



beck's picture beck

"You want your kids to take just as much interest in the holiday preparations as they did the year before..."

Oof. My heart.

For whatever reason, my three kids are GUNG HO for Christmas - the 9 year old has found new ways (crafts, participating in the town's Christmas play, Christmas movies) to be enthusiastic. So I don't worry about her, but I feel a pang in my heart that next year, my little guy will start disappearing into sullen, solitary masculinity... waah!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I wasn't prepared for the disappearing act this year, beck--it really caught me by surprise. But maybe it will pass and next year he'll be digging out the ornaments with renewed gusto!

Hetha's picture Hetha

We're excited this year because we're hoping this might be the year that things click. E has never shown an interest in any of it, but we're increasing the language around the holiday this year and being in preschool is hopefully going to help him make more connections as well. Your post put me in the mood to decorate!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I bet he'll jump right in on the festivities, Hetha! How exciting...L. is a mysterious child--like I said, maybe next year he'll be completely into the decorating, but this year he wanted no part of it. I think I"m still coming to terms with this...

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Your post made me happy/sad. For the happy times we have right now, for those interesting ones in the middle that will be in years to come, and for the contented days way down the road, when my kids' stories are woven into their own kids'. It gives me chills.
Thanks for this gorgeous post.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Omaha--I tried to capture the mixed emotions of decorating this year...I think it will always be a mixed bag as the kids get older!