Part of the fun of my daughter now being 2+ years old is that this year she “gets” holidays, and it fun watching the excitement and wonder in her.
This year, she is really excited about Halloween. As I mentioned previously, she helped in deciding which costume to wear this year. And last night, we carved the pumpkins…
We began earlier in the day gathering her input on what type of pumpkin. “Do you want funny or scary?” … “Scary!” I eventually sketched out a picture of what the pumpkin would look like to get her input and approval.
The actual pumpking part, however, started off a little difficult, because she wanted to help with the carving, which, of course, meant she wanted control of the knife. She had a mini-fit when she didn’t get her way there.
Eventually, I had carved out the eyes on my pumpkin and showed the results to her. Her response conveyed her excitement at seeing the pumpkins begin to take shape: “Wow!” and “Great job, dad!”
We were able to get her involved by having her carry one of the tea light candles from the cabinet to the pumpkin. Then we worked on her pumpkin. We started off letting her color on the pumpkins with her markers. We also had a kit from the Halloween party we attended a week ago, which had little foam stickers which she could affix to the pumpkin to form a face. The results were awesome for a 2-year old.
All in all, she had a blast planning, marking, decorating, and finally seeing the pumpkins in the dark with the candles lit.
I can’t wait for the excitement of the actual trick-or-treating!
And then there’ll be Christmas!