I’m not sure about everyone else, but every new age and developmental stage that my son reaches instantly becomes my favorite. He’s currently two and a half, and while it can be a totally challenging age, it’s a pretty awesome age, too. So, it probably comes as no surprise that I’m finding lots of reasons why Christmas with a 2-year-old is the best. Broken tree ornaments aside (we’re at two so far this season, not that I'm counting or anything), I'm having a substantially more enjoyable time now than I was a year ago, and my son's first "toddler Christmas" is way better than Christmas when he was an infant.
Does my son have a firm grasp of and complete understanding of everything going on around him? No, not really. Does he understand all the aging references in A Night Before Christmas (or, arguably, more importantly The Nightmare Before Christmas)? Definitely not. I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “kerchief” in front of him before that book came into our lives, and I certainly didn't entertain the idea of kidnapping Santa Claus in an attempt to take over Christmas, before that wonderful movie existed. Does he understand any of the faith-based stories we share with him? No, not yet.
However, is my toddler having fun with all of it, regardless? Is he curious, and open to the newness of it all? Yes, yes he is. Of course, it probably doesn’t hurt that everything around us is covered in twinkle lights. So, with that in mind, here’s a list of undeniable reasons why it’s so amazing to have a 2-year-old toddler around during the holidays: