Holidays Revised

By: Brandy Black

This year, the new reality of holidays has changed again but in my favor. True to course, I took the family ice-skating to celebrate the start of my favorite time of year. I was prepared for a toddler melt down, the possibility of $30 spent for only 5 minutes on the ice, but I was willing to take the risk because Christmas is coming!!! We drove down to Santa Monica with Sophia repeating over and over again “we are going ice-skating.” Parking was a pain in the butt; I could feel Susan’s tension knowing that she was sure the evening would likely come to an abrupt ending with a lot of high-pitched screaming-you just never know what you’re going to get with a 2-year-old. After we finally found a parking spot we jumped out of the car and Sophia could see the ice skating rink. “It’s there!” she shouted. We walked under a twinkling tree with large round ornaments dangling from the branches and I pointed them out to her. She screamed “A Christmas tree!”

Susan started laughing at the two of us and told me that Sophia was going to be just like me about holidays. My mini me in my arms, embracing the season the way every child should.

We all laced up our skates and jumped on the ice and Sophia was immediately concerned, “I’m slipping, it’s slippery.”

“I know, that’s the point,” I said.

Sophia held our hands, crossed her skates, and fell.

“I don’t want to do this” she said, crying.

“It’s ok, we all fall, and that’s what happens when you start skating.”

Susan skated ahead and fell on the ice. Sophia laughed. I skated ahead and fell. She laughed again. A little 8-year-old boy skated up to her and said, “I fell 5 times tonight already.”

And that settled that. Sophia was up and skating and remained on the ice for an hour and a half. ‘Tis the season to be jolly…

We finally dragged her away to hear holiday music on the Third Street Promenade over dinner.

Needless to say, the season gets better and better as Sophia hums holiday tunes, celebrated her first Christmas present arrival the other day, held Frosty the Snowman’s hand, picked out a present for mom, found the perfect star for the top of our tree with no prompting from me and requests making holiday cookies regularly.

I began introducing her to Hanukkah and Christmas songs the other day while she was in the tub and as I sang Jingle Bells to her, I realized that this was the beginning of a long relationship and love for the most romantic time of the year. I hid tears from my happy toddler as I imagined her young and in love shopping for the first ever holiday present for her darling and remembering that feeling that you have when nothing can go wrong, everything is new, and everyone around you is in love.

It’s that time of year when the world is in love
Every song you hear seems to say “Merry Christmas
May your New Year’s dreams come true.”
And this song of mine in three quarter time
Wishes you and yours the same thing too.

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