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hope yours was happy!

This year's holiday season was pretty intense as it was the first year Emily was fully aware and into it. We started off by putting up the tree with her help:

the tree is up

I think this was her favorite of the ornaments:


she claimed my small pink tree as her own:

the pink tree is now emily's

we went to our zoo's annual Christmas celebration, which was a lot of fun. We saw a ton of animals, including reindeer; Emily petted a rabbit, a chinchilla, a snake and a monitor lizard (!); we got hot chocolate, brownies and toasted marshmallows; Emily made a snowman ornament:

zoo snowman

decorated a cookie:

making a cookie at the zoo

and saw Santa, who gave her a little teddy bear. She helped me make stockings using designs from Aranzi Aronzo's Cute Book:

new stockings!

and we went to Mitsuwa to get our pre-ordered Christmas cake:

christmas cake!

on the way home, we happened upon the Ridgefield Fire Dept getting ready for their Santa run! Santa came over and talked to Emily and gave her a candy cane. She was totally beside herself.

Ridgefield Santa

And while her dad was the Swag Lord of Xmas, she and I did pretty well too. We then made it through her birthday (yesterday) and are looking forward to another night out with friends tonight!

Hope your holiday season was/is as merry as ours!

Lovely things people have had to say:

It sounds like the most fun Christmas ever! I love the photo of the snowman ornament.

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