this little light of mine

We had dinner at a hot dog shop then went Christmas tree shopping. Alice was delighted and delightful. It was the best night.

We had dinner at a hot dog shop then went Christmas tree shopping. Alice was delighted and delightful. It was the best night.

Last year, on the day after Christmas, or somewhere around that time – the end of the season anyway – the three of us stopped off at what used to be a farm, done up for the holidays with a sledding hill and Santa’s village and a drive-through light show. I thought Alice was too small to sled. The village was closed. But the light show was open, so we decided to give it a try even though David and I thought the price was excessive and that the whole thing was a little corny.

Alice loved it, of course, in her sweet and effusive way that had us both ready to drive through five more times that night – if we had brought enough cash.

We’ve been back once this year, and maybe we’ll go again. In the meantime, a couple of evenings each week, Alice and I have been touring the block to admire the neighborhood Christmas lights. She is impressed by any little display – even just a Christmas tree in the window. She’s excited and aware in a way that she hasn’t been in previous years, and it’s so much fun to be part of, especially since she doesn’t really associate Christmas with gift giving and receiving yet – it’s just a happy, joyful time for her.

Tim, the tree lot owner, wanted us to stage this picture so that it looked like Alice was helping David carry the tree. Convinced?

Tim, the tree lot owner, wanted us to stage this picture so that it looked like Alice was helping David carry the tree. Convinced?

(Alice’s nursery school class has been learning the Nativity story. Her teacher told me that after hearing about how Mary had a baby in belly, Alice said, “My mama has a baby in her belly too. But it’s not Jesus.” Ha.)

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Early last week, we brought home a tree, and on Friday, after her Christmas musical, we decorated it.

Here’s a snippet from the big performance. Alice’s class sang “This Little Light of Mine,” and a song about riding into Bethlehem.

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