When we found out that we were pregnant, one of the many things that excited Mr. Jane and I was that we would finally be free to define the holidays as we wanted to. We could decide whether we wanted to travel or stay put. We could start our own traditions, borrowing/modifying ones we liked from our own backgrounds and adopting others that we had heard about and liked. Our holidays would finally be our own, and not dictated by whichever family we happened to be visiting that year.
So this year was our first "true" holiday as a family. And I have to say that it was probably one of the most enjoyable holidays I've spent as an adult. Low-key and relaxing. But still with way too much sugar consumed (note to self: it is not a good idea to keep a plate of cookies out all day long, especially when one is chasing after an infant and does not have time to make a proper, healthy snack).
Of course this is also Baby Jane's first Christmas, and that was really neat to witness. She is way too young to understand what is going on, but she did immensely enjoy the piles of wrapping paper and the boxes. She has officially become mobile (finally got a hang of the crawling thing!), and is having a blast exploring the tree, everyone's presents, and whatever's going on in the kitchen. With her around, Christmas definitely has a different feel this year---it feels more meaningful, in a sense, in a way I find hard to describe.
I hope you all are enjoying your holidays, whatever holidays you happen to celebrate.