I have a confession to make. I am 21 and a half years old and I still sleep with stuffed animals. Ask any of my college room mates and they will confirm that this is true.
Blame it on sentiment. Blame it on a child like faith. Blame it on whatever you want. I blame Christmas.
I blame the very feeling that has me sitting at my computer at 2:30 a.m. Christmas Eve morning even though I climbed into bed 2 hours ago. I blame the feeling that has me wondering what’s in my boxes under the tree that I get to unwrap when I wake up. I blame Christmas.
My dear kindred photographer friend and mentor, Jessica, and I had this conversation the other day. We reminisced of child like excitement and intentional annoying of our parents the whole month of December when we were young girls. We looked back and remembered feeling butterflies from head to toe that fluttered so much all you could do was dance around the living room until you heard the words “It’s time! See what Santa brought you!” It is this feeling that I blame for my stuffed animal sleeping habit.
It’s very upsetting to me to look back and see when it was that I lost my butterflies on the excitement of Christmas day. It’s even more upsetting to realize that it took me this long to realize that I lost it.
Childlike faith and excitement is something we should never lose sight of. Do I sleep with stuffed animals? Yes. I do.
Maybe it’s to ward off the boogieman. Maybe it’s because I haven’t quite grown up (I hope so). But maybe, just maybe, it’s because some of my childlike excitement is still alive.
Merry Christmas everyone! Pull your loved ones in close, don’t forget to tell them how much they mean to you. Take mental pictures of all of the special moments. Sneak some fudge. Rip the corners off the big presents. Tip toe over your stocking. Wear your footie pajamas and snuggle your teddy. And blame as many of your childlike tendencies as you can on Christmas. I do!
Do any of you have any habits you can blame on Christmas? I’d love to hear about them if you do!
Merry Christmas everyone! I am so blessed by you and so honored you share your life and your precious time with me!