December was quite a busy month for us. (Photo heavy post ahead!)

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We started out going to see Santa at North Star Mall.  The fascinator in her hair is from PunkyBear Couture on Etsy.

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Soon after was the last day of school and “Polar Express Day.” Aidan got to wear pajamas to school, drink hot cocoa, watch the movie & then have her class party.

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After school let out, Aidan and I went down to Houston for a week of baking & cooking & hanging out with Grandmommy & Papa (my parents).  Aidan and my mother have made cookies together every year she’s been old enough to stand. This year they made gingerbread men & a Bûche de Noël (a traditional Yule log cake).

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This year we got an Elf on the Shelf that we named “Jingle Belle”.  Christmas Eve was our last day with her as she would be going back with Santa that night.  She was quite the mischievous elf the whole time we had her, from snow angels in flour to getting into the fridge & eating strawberry frosting.  Christmas Eve was no different.  The night before Christmas Eve she wrapped my parents’ living room, Christmas tree & stair landing with toilet paper & started unwrapping one of Aidan’s gifts.  She also left Aidan a note letting her know how much fun she’d had being her elf & that Santa had lifted her magic so she could hug her just once.  Aidan LOVED getting to hug Jingle Belle!

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My family opens gifts on Christmas Eve.  Aidan, of course, cleaned up.  She opened three for every one of the adults’ gifts.

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Homemade Gingerbread Cookies & Milk for Santa (& a note from Aidan)

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Christmas morning. Santa brought her a handmade kangaroo, a Gateway Netbook & a FurReal Friends Puppy “Cookie, My Playful Pup”.  Her favorite gift was the kangaroo who she promptly named Matilda and her joey, Tilda.  The kangaroo came from the Etsy shop, Handmade For Luck.

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Finally, we went to Ryan’s aunt’s house to celebrate with them for Christmas Day.  Aidan got to play with some of her cousins.

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It was a great holiday! Hope you all had a great time with your families as well!

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