Chroniclesc e DECEMBER 2018 COUNCIL
T en years ago, our family came close to having a very special Christmas day. At the time, I was pregnant with our first child, and STEWART’S DREAMS. BUT THE KIDS JUST WANT TO HANG THEIR ORNAMENTS IN A CLUTTERED MANNER.” IF I HAD MY WAY, THE TREE WOULD LOOK LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF MARTHA Given the closeness of her birthday to the biggest holiday of the year, we’ve always done our best to make Elaina’s birthday feel distinct and not just like another celebration in the midst of many. If you don’t have children who were born in late December, you may not realize what a serious concern that is. School is out, which means they don’t get the standard special day in the classroom, and it’s easy for them to feel lost in the shuffle. For us, making Elaina’s day special usually involves getting together with her friends. She’s turning 10 this year, and she’s informed me that she’s no longer young enough for a kiddie-style birthday party. Instead, she’d like to spend a day with her buddies doing girl stuff. I, for one, am very happy with her decision to celebrate in the doctors had predicted a due date of Dec. 25. Turns out that Elaina, our baby girl, didn’t stick to Santa’s schedule. She arrived three days earlier, on Dec. 22.
The Holidays Are a Balancing Act
BUT THE REWARD IS ALWAYS WORTH IT
a more grown-up fashion. Mom has no trouble getting behind a day of pampering, laughter, and fun.
the kids just want to hang their ornaments in a cluttered manner. Sure, I’d prefer a more ordered design, but seeing them take part is worth all the lack of symmetry. It’s our family tree, after all, and it’s more meaningful when everyone has a role in decorating it, regardless of what the result looks like. Another funny thing I’ve learned over the years is that the kids get just as excited about little things as they do big-ticket presents — well, almost as excited. We don’t have flavored drinks in our household regularly, so when they see a bottle of Coke, they know guests are on the way. For them, it’s just as sure a sign of the holidays as any other, and one they look forward to every year. In closing, I just want to say thanks to all the parents and relatives out there who go out of their way to make the holidays special for our young ones. It may be a lot of work, but it’s always worth it.
Giving Elaina an experience worthy of her birthday is challenging enough, but making sure her little brother, P.J., feels included adds another layer of
diplomacy. He’s a smart little guy, so he’ll often wonder if Elaina is receiving more than he is. He wants things to be equitable
and fair —maybe he learned that from his attorney mom. Of course, he tends to forget that he has his own birthday to be the center of attention and sole gift recipient. Making sure that everyone feels happy and receives their share of holiday cheer can be overwhelming at times, but it’s part of what makes the holidays magical. Take our tree, for instance. We love to decorate, and putting together our tree has become one of our favorite holiday traditions.
A very happy holidays from everyone here at Council & Associates! We’ll see you in 2019.
–Lashonda Council- Rogers, Esq.
If I had my way, the tree would look like something out of Martha Stewart’s dreams. But
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