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Ho Ho Ho

Since December has begun Gabby is ecstatic every time she sees Christmas lights. Today (Christmas Eve) on our way back from Grandma and Papa's house Gabby saw Christmas lights with a Santa Claus in the front yard and she exclaimed, "Ho, ho, ho!"  Michael and I were surprised she said it on her own. 

While at Grandma and Papa's she was allowed to open one gift, her Christmas pajamas.  We were concerned that she would be disappointed after the 5 minutes of meticulously unwrapping the gift, but instead she seemed excited with the gift and made us put the pajamas on over her actual clothes.  Before we left they allowed her to open a fun bubble bath toy, because it's too hard to not let such a magical time be drawn out as much as possible. 

When we arrived home, we allowed Gabby to choose one gift to open.  She chose Uncle Mark and Aunt Danielle's gift.  She opened it with very little help and then we all sat on the floor and had a lovely tea party with her very sturdy tea set. Thank you all for the tea set, Gabby loves it!

Unfortunately, we were not able to go to church because Michael was very sick and I wasn't feeling well either, but hopefully the reading of stories about Jesus' birthday Gabby will understand the true meaning of Christmas.

That night right before bed time we let Gabby pour the milk herself (with a little assistance from Daddy) and put cookies out for Santa on his special plate.  After laying the cookies on the plate Gabby grabbed one and dipped it in the milk, took a bite, and then placed it back on the plate.  Michael and I were thoroughly enjoying this whole preparing for Santa tradition.  Then we waved good night to Mr. Elfis and headed to bed. Gabby may not have understood that Santa was coming to bring her gifts, but she seemed to enjoy the preparations.  

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