This is the first year that Mary Clare really gets it. She may not fully grasp the Santa concept, but oh, does she love to see "Ho Ho," as he was known last year. The same goes for Christmas lights, reindeer, trees, wreaths, presents and anything else that sparkles and shines.
We introduced her to her first Advent calendar last night. It was a rousing success. And with miniature S'mores sandwich cookies in the first box she opened, how could it not be?
I must admit, I had way too much fun stashing goodies in each little compartment. I was a smidge overzealous in my shopping and came home with way too many items, including several that weren't even close to fitting in each 2"x1" compartment. Such as socks. And large sheets of stickers. Oh, well. Those will just have to be from St. Nick.
In the meantime, if you need Mary Clare, she will be dreaming about what is contained in the rest of those little boxes. She is seriously enchanted by the prospect of daily treats contained in a Santa-shaped box. This is living.