We’re spending Christmas and the end of the year in Jamaica, but to mark the holiday, I figured now is a good time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and share some Christmas cuteness, courtesy of Jameson.
These photos were intended for Christmas cards that were never ordered or sent out. So sharing them here is the next best thing. Jameson was pretty much over this little photo shoot before it even began. But what kind of first-time mom would I be if I let that thwart my ambitions?
When we visited the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden (see this post), I learned about the annual Holiday Train Show and knew I had to bring Jameson back. In addition to it helping me meet my goal of visiting the Garden at least once during all four seasons, I knew Jordan would also be really excited to go. He was crazy about toy trains when he was younger, and it was their family tradition to set up a train that would make circles around their Christmas tree. (Yes, I married a man who’s family is as darling as the Huxtables).
Since we’ll be traveling for most of the month of December, I’m not investing a lot of time in decorating our apartment for Christmas. And if I’m honest, I’m pretty happy to have an excuse that lets me off the hook.
But I still want to celebrate the fact that it’s Jameson first Christmas, and I want to work on establishing some fun, even if small, traditions for us as a family. Making a plan to meet Santa seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
When I was in the 5th grade, my music teacher had our class sing along to The Beach Boys’ song, Kokomo. There are a few lines in the song’s chorus that call out different tropical locations – “Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya, to Bermuda, Bahamas, c’mon pretty mama. Key Largo, Montego, Baby why don’t we go?…” I promise I’m going somewhere with this.
For the weeks leading up to our trip, and even now as I write this recap, I can’t think about Key Largo without singing these lyrics in my head. I’d never been to any of the Florida Keys, so I was looking forward to experiencing some of Key Largo while Jordan participated in a four-day training for church planters, partly because I’d heard great things and partly because of the images my little 1o-year-old brain cooked up, thanks to Kokomo.
This past September, the church planting network that helped start our church also helped launch a church in Miami, and the lead pastor invited Jordan down to preach and share his story with their new and growing community. Since Jordan also had a training in Key Largo later that week, we decided to make a trip of it, and Jameson and I tagged along.