Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

I cannot believe the 2014 Holiday season is already at its end!

We spent a really nice few days celebrating Christmas at my mom's house. We had dinner, relaxed, went shopping, and went to a couple movies. It was great! We had agreed to do no presents, except for spoiling November, which we all enjoy. Still, we ended up exchanging some small gifts. Again, like last year, my gifts were handmade. I'll have to post about them soon!

We even managed to get a good picture with Santa! November has never been a big fan of the creepy bearded stranger in red, and absolutely refused to take a decent photo the first time we attempted it this year. In fact, in the original proofs the photographers showed us, she looked absolutely demonic! She had her head down, hands over her face, eyes scowling up at the camera. Needless to say, we did not choose to buy copies at that time.

I tried not to make a big deal out of Santa one way or the other, and let her decide what she thought about him. But, throughout the month, November began warming up to the idea of Santa, even getting excited when she saw images of him. Then, on Christmas Eve, she was suddenly adamant that we had to go visit Santa, tell him she wanted dolls for Christmas, and take a picture. Not wanting to waste a possible second chance at a Santa photo, my family and I quickly obliged.

She wasn't completely comfortable during the visit, and wanted mommy's company in the photo, but the photographers were much better at helping her feel at ease and coaxing her modest little smile (not everyone knows how to deal with shy kids!)

I love how November overcomes her fears on her own, in her own way, and in her own time. It's another one of those moments that makes me remember how far we've come from the days when she was a high-needs infant!

I hope you all had a cozy Christmas!

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