If all goes as planned, the surgeons who will be involved in Elvie’s big surgery will meet tomorrow. We were asked if we would prefer to have the surgery before or after the holidays, and we said before. Either way, we figure that we won’t be able to travel this holiday season, and we would rather be moving forward with Elvie’s care than to still be waiting through Christmas. There’s no guarantee that things will work out for the surgery to occur before Christmas, but we will be planning a smaller celebration either way. I think it’s fitting to have a more mellow holiday season after the hectic year we’ve had, and there are plenty of little things we can do to make Elvie’s first Christmas a memorable one.
The first thing we’re planning to do is simply decorate our house. We’ve got all sorts of little, special things that we’ve amassed over the years, and now we get to figure out new places to set them out. I have a weakness for items with sparkle, and Elvie happens to be a fan of those things as well, so I’m sure she will be interested in many of the things we have out. We take a lot of photos, so it will be fun to show her the photos of her first Christmas season and have her recognize the decorations that we use every year.
We’ve busted out a few Christmas tunes already, but we haven’t hit the holiday iTunes playlist in earnest yet. Elvie loves to dance and get a little crazy when music is on, so we’ll be remedying that as soon as possible. I think all three of us have favorite Christmas tunes that we hope will become Elvie’s favorite. She’s pretty easy to please, so I’m sure we’re in for a lot of fun as we introduce all our best tunes and accompanying Christmas dance moves.
Our city has a lot of holiday events and displays, and I plan on combing through the list and choosing a few things that Elvie will enjoy, but that won’t be too overwhelming. I think that Christmas light displays will be a big hit, and I’m pretty sure she will be delighted by the dogs and cats in the windows of Macy’s near Union Square. Both of those are popular with the other three of us as well, and if all else fails, we can just go to our favorite places twice.
On Christmas Eve, there will be a Christmas pageant at church, and Zinashi has chosen to play the part of an angel. While Elvie isn’t old enough to participate this year, I know that she will love seeing Zinashi in costume and getting lots of attention from all of her admirers at church. This will be the night that she wears her fancy holiday outfit, and I have no doubt that she’ll be the belle of the ball.
On Christmas morning, I really love being at home together. We go into the living room together to see if Santa remembered us, and look through our stockings to see what little goodies will be ours. I think the stocking will be Elvie’s favorite part; she loves to dump things out and put them back in. I’m sure she’ll love what Santa brings, but my hunch is that the stocking will be the big hit this year. We will eat an easy breakfast while the kids play with their toys, and have a relaxed start to the day. Eventually a special meal will be prepared, and we’ll all sit down together to enjoy it. If we are really in the Christmas spirit, we’ll give Elvie the gift of not making her try every food. I won’t make any promises, but we’re considering letting her off the hook for this one.
For the week between Christmas and New Year’s, Jarod will be off work, so we will be able to have a relaxed week. Elvie loves having all of us in the same place at the same time, so I know that it will be a good week for all of us. We will do our best to enjoy our relaxed week, knowing that in future years, things might get more hectic. We will miss everyone that we would normally see over the holidays, but we will also cherish the best gift we could have this year, which is our family of four, together and happy and healthy.