My favorite time of year is here! One of the best things about being a mom is getting to introduce my girls to some of life's simple pleasures. Yesterday we had to go downtown. We went over to Downtown Crossing and there was a brass quartet playing Christmas music and Santa Claus. Alessia was mesmerized. She loved listening to the instruments, and Santa gave her her first candy cane. Oh, what joy in that little plastic wrapped candy cane. Once on the T, I opened it up and showed her how to eat it without biting or chewing. By the time we got home her cheeks and hands were covered with sticky pink. Her hair was stuck to her face. Her coat had dried on sugar all along the collar, and she was as pleased as could be. The candy cane joined the pile of books and paper and crayons on the coffee table and was occasionally revisited all afternoon, even though by then it too was covered in hair and lint from her jacket. Such fun.