Changes and Traditions

These last couple of months leading up to age three are all rapid change and growth. Increased vocabulary and refined pronunciation. Heightened awareness and comprehension. Assertiveness, a strong will. There’s a lot more resistance, a lot more “no!” She will hold up her hand and say, “No, mommy, leave me be!”

She still has an ethereal essence, a sweet and gentle soul. It shines through her big brown eyes even during crabby moments. But a fierce will is emerging, and though it sometimes wears me out, I’m glad for it. I want her to claim her space, raise her voice, stand her ground. She is an incredible combination of peace and strength and silliness, teaching me all the time.

If you ask her what she wants for Christmas, she will answer, “A present!” There is no material good she longs for, except perhaps another book to add to her collection. She is still blissfully unaware of our consumer-driven culture. I know it won’t be long before this changes, and I’ve been thinking of little traditions that focus on what truly matters. I love the tradition of decorating a tree in the yard with edible ornaments for the animals, detailed over at Wilder Child. It’s a simple craft project, an experience, and an act of giving. It turns our attention to the creatures we share space with and instills a sense of responsibility to wildlife. And it looks so lovely, the cranberry strands and orange cups of birdseed hanging from the tree. We’ve been reading Jan Brett’s The Mitten every night and thinking about all the creatures in our backyard.

If I had any talent for sewing, I’d quilt an Advent calendar. My favorites are the fabric ones with pockets for little felted ornaments and candy canes. This year we have a beautiful paper one from my sister. Perhaps next year I’ll craft one from fabric…

How are your little ones changing? How do you celebrate the season?

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4 thoughts on “Changes and Traditions

  1. I love all your ideas and that you are taking the time to instill appreciation in your little magical, rapidly changing girl. Do you know the book Night Tree by Eve Bunting? It’s about that idea (feeding animals, taking care of and appreciating nature). I think you’d like it. Your anecdote reminds me of how Wally at 5 wrote a letter to Santa for the first time. “Dear Santa, Do you like trains? Love, Wally.” Ahhhh, childhood!

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    • I love Wally’s letter! And, of course, you have the perfect book recommendation–you’re so good. I tried to order it, but it was out of stock. Hoping our local B&N might have it. Also, I still haven’t decorated an outdoor tree. Potty-training has consumed our week.

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