Ben and I started unpacking the Christmas decorations today. Needless to say, the afternoon was filled with "Don't TOUCH that" and "Just LOOK at it." I think it's going to be a long holiday season.
But the best part of today was bringing up my light up Christmas Bear. I've had this thing since I was a baby and every year it is the one decoration that I have to have out to make it feel like Christmas. It's not exactly the most beautiful of decorations, but it's been a part of my Christmas for as long as I can remember, and sharing it with Ben today was a pretty awesome experience.
He was mesmerized by the lights, and since he has just recently learned to say "light" (la-la) and bear (bear) he was able to put words to what he was seeing (la-la bear!), which was pretty amazing as well. He spent about twenty minutes looking at it, and touching the little light bulbs and trying to be gentle with it. Fortunately La-la Bear is still intact, and with a little luck, he will remain that way through the holidays.
Sharing my bear with Ben was a pretty great way to start the holidays, and I hope it will be a part of all of his Christmas memories.