Brendan, Auntie Janice, Elizabeth and I got to take Xander Christmas caroling with St Nicholas on Auntie Karen's birthday while Dave took her on a hot date.
Elizabeth was extremely happy, especially after I let her change Xander "by herself". We're a bit out of practice compensating for the extra time it takes to cart a wee one places but were proud that we got everyone to caroling more-or-less on time.
Originally we were going to push Xander in the stroller but Elizabeth was having none of that ("My stroller!") so I ended up carrying him zipped under my coat. Quite a number of my fellow-carolers did a double-take, wondering if they had missed a memo...
Both kids behaved very well during the caroling. Xander briefly squawked shortly before we got back to the church for hot chocolate and cookies, but only because he wanted a diaper change. He's really a very contented little chap. He even obligingly had a nap en route home AND stayed asleep for a good chunk of supper!
After caroling we picked up Kevin and cousins Josie and Daniel (here for a sleepover) and headed for Dave and Karen's for supper. Swiss Chalet, carrot cake, good company and a fun Santa project for Auntie Heather's stocking. (Shh... it's a secret!)
Xander was extremely interested in Mommy's candles, but though we thought he might like to cut the cake he kind of freaked out. Perhaps he's right. He IS a little young to be handling such a big knife!