The holiday season is one of the best times of the year to be a nanny. Since I don’t have kids myself (unless you count my two dogs, who often act like children), it’s a joy to be able to witness the excitement of the season through a child’s eyes. It’s easy as an adult to get swept up in the stress of buying gifts and planning parties but spending time with kids allows me to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the holidays.
Yesterday I watched 4-year-old Lilah for the first time while her parents spent the afternoon Christmas shopping. Despite only just meeting me, Lilah quickly warmed up and enjoyed playing tour guide as she showed me the hiding spots of her “Elf y Girl.” I’ve only recently heard of “Elf on a Shelf” but I love the concept of it. As I understand it, the elf hides in a different spot every night and the child searches the house each morning. On the day that I visited, the elf chose to perch on top of a 4-foot-tall toy giraffe.
Showing off the Christmas tree ornaments is another favorite activity of the kids that I babysit. Everyone has a favorite ornament, whether it’s sentimental or simply pretty. Some kids love their handmade candy cane reindeers, others love the extra glittery snowflakes but there’s always a story behind the favorite and I love to hear about it.
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