At some point, and I hope sooner rather than later, you’ll realize that novelty and change can be a good thing (except when it comes to monogamy!!). When I was a kid and had to move to China because my dad got a job over there, I vividly remember walking through the Beijing airport and angrily yelling “You’ve ruined my life!” at him. Lo and behold, that is where I met your mom. I couldn’t appreciate change back then, I know you won’t either at some point in your life, but just keep that story in mind.
I love novelty so much now that I actively encourage your mom to do drastic stuff with her hair all the time because it’s a fun and easy way to introduce some change. It’s over sixteen inches long? Chop it off! It’s really short? Get some bangs! A supplier I work with put it this way: consider it a blessing when your partner changes their look because it’s like getting a new girlfriend.
We also enjoy finding new and different sleeping arrangements around the house. It can be as simple as just switching which side of the bed we sleep on to sleeping in a different room all together. This is what happens when a couple who likes novelty also has a strong combination of miserliness and laziness brewing inside: instead of going on vacations and seeing new places, we just rearrange the house.
True to form, your mom and I tried a new sleeping arrangement this year for Christmas eve – we thought it’d be fun to break out the sleeping bags and go glamping in the living room (we were only able to do this because of our new and recent living room arrangement, which is a story for another day). We watched The Polar Express, then played some rain music/noise on the surround sound, but stopped short of setting up a tent. I did not get a good night’s rest because every time I wanted to turn on my side, my bony frame would meet a hard wooden floor, but it was still a fun stationary adventure. I expect more of this in the future. Prepare yourself (that was meant more for me than for you).
P.S. Other thoughts and notes on potential Christmas traditions:
- After some debate and thought, we’v decided that opening presents on Christmas eve is better than Christmas morning because it’s easier for a kid (and your mom) to sleep without the excitement.
- I’ve determined that “Die Hard” needs to be added to the playlist of Christmas movies (not sure if your mom agrees, but I think she does).
- It’s not lost on me that I’m talking about Christmas “traditions” even though I just wrote a whole letter about change and novelty. There’s a place for both.