Well friends, we are in the final stretch before Christmas. Also known as panic mode. My to-do list is a mile long but I just want to sit on the couch, watch the grinch and pray for snow. Anyone else?
Last year I surprised Juliana and Joey with a special fancy Christmas dinner for two. I pulled their table over to the Christmas tree and decorated it for them. I invited them to come to my “restaurant” and served them dinner. They had a blast! I love the idea of making the kids their own “fancy dinner” every year in front of the tree. It really made them feel grown up and special. And who wouldn’t want to be served dinner in front of a beautiful Christmas tree?
I couldn’t find my tablecloth this year so I just laid out some cloth napkins over their table. Guess what? They aren’t going to care what the table is decorated in. They are just going to remember how special their little dinner made them feel. Juliana still talks about last years!
This time I asked her what she would like for dinner and of course she chose breakfast. Not exactly “fancy” like I had in mind but I guess I couldn’t expect her to request lobster tails. Breakfast for dinner it was. I “fancied” it up by serving the sprinkle yogurt in special dishes. They absolutely loved it.
They sat nicely, used perfect manners and ate everything on their plates. Pretty much the exact opposite of how they act when out at a real restaurant. Go figure. They topped the night off with ice cream sundaes.
I really think the kids love to do this and I really love doing it for them. Maybe when they are teenagers they will request steak and lobster at their fancy kids only dinner but for now they are happy with cheese omelettes and Christmas tree shaped jelly toast. And if that’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
What are your favorite traditions? Are they old and passed down? Or did you make them up yourself, like our little dinner party over here?
Whatever they may be, I hope your season is just full of them.