This year we actually got a lot of Christmas. It's been low-key in the past, but this year, Tesla requested from months ago to get a "triangle tree" so we did. We went to a nice lot down by the Embarcadero overlooking the bridge, and let T choose one. Smells nice! Lizze added a wreath on the door, and the house was ready.
We had a few decorations from the past where we decked out a houseplant, but since we had a whole tree this year, I invited folks over for a crafty afternoon, and we made decorations.
Thanks to generous family, we actually had tons of presents under the tree.
I took a day off from work, and took Tesla to see the Nutcracker. What a beautiful fancy show. While we waited for the doors to open, they showered gentle fake snow. When we walked in, all kids got a teddy bear, and at intermission, they served free cookies and juice. The show was gorgeous.
Another night, we headed to my brother's street in Alameda that is famous for the whole neighborhood show. They have a santa there (who spent a lot of time with each child) (my brother has been Santa; neighbors take turns), and a mailbox to Santa that actually resulted in a letter back to Tesla signed by Santa. And there was a show of dancing christmas trees, I kid you not.
And finally, Christmas Day: T woke up at the crack of dawn, but I made her let me snooze until at least it was light. Then the opening fun!
Aila got many cute things and toys, including these precious bunny slippers.
After breakfast, we went to the Aquatic Park Beach by Ghirardelli Square. T attempted to ride on a bike (and strained daddy's back since he had to hold her up), we settled on the beach for the afternoon, and let T get crazy sandy/dirty/happy.
So yeah, it was a swell holiday!