I hope everyone out there had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa Claus brought you everything your heart desired!
As you might remember, on my last post a few weeks ago I wrote about Dylan's aversion to presents and how I was terrified of his reaction on Christmas morning when he saw all those presents for him under the tree. Well, I am happy to say Dylan was not only excited to see his presents, but each and every one - however small - elicited a small scream of joy!
You might be wondering, how did this happen? How did this boy - who was so totally against presents - suddenly have a complete turnaround? I think it had a lot to do with my brother and sister in law who live in Seattle. You see, they didn't just send Dylan one Christmas present. They sent him 25 small presents: one to be opened each day until Christmas day.
The first present was to be opened December 1st. It was a beautiful Eric Carle Advent Calendar, and each morning of the month we have been counting down the days until Christmas and opening one present at a time. At first, Dylan was a little reticent, but after the first week, he runs excitedly to the calendar, dutifully counts down the days, then snatches up the day's present and tears open the paper.
The presents are not extravagant (a book of stickers, a Dr. Seuss t-shirt, a bag of pistachios or M&Ms), but each time he opens one his eyes light up and he starts jumping up and down, yelling "Look at this, look at this!"
I think the presents were a wonderful idea. Not only do they teach Dylan to appreciate presents, they also teach him patience (just opening one present out of the stack per day is not easy for a three-year-old, no matter how anti-present he may have initially been) and help him learn his numbers, as he is not allowed to open the day's present until he counts every day on the calendar up to that date. I'm totally stealing this idea when my future niece is old enough!
Thanks to my in-laws and their genius present idea, Christmas Day was a big success. You might think we can now breathe a big sigh of relief. Well, not quite. You see, the Three Kings are due to bring yet more presents on January 6th. Let's hope the boy is not all "presented" out!