WEEKEND RECAP: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

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I predicted December was going to be hectic and sure enough, this past weekend didn't disappoint.

Saturday morning Big Bub and Mapu had their holiday photos taken by the lovely Carissa of Carissa Leigh Photography.

My love affair with all things Carissa began last month when she took these photos.

Neither Big Bub nor Mapu were in the mood so the results should be pure entertainment.

I don't consider myself a traditional gal by any means but I'll be keeping with my holiday tradition of sending out cards at the last possible second.

Until then, here's last year's:

 2009

2009

That afternoon, we met up with two college friends and their families. We lunched at Ted's Montana Grill but with a 4-year old, 2 toddlers, and a newborn, there wasn't a moment's peace. Thankfully, Ted's was filled with boisterous out-of-towners that didn't seem to mind the shrieking and airborne chicken fingers.

Following lunch, we bundled everyone up and like a parade of wooden soldiers, braved the windy, bustling streets to Rockefeller Center to behold the 75-foot Norway Spruce illuminated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights and crowned with a Swarovski crystal star.

 Rockefeller Center Holiday 2010

Rockefeller Center Holiday 2010

"Happy Holidays!" it whispered. Followed by, "Why haven't you sent out your Christmas cards yet?"

 Whoa Christmas Tree!

Whoa Christmas Tree!

Big Bub slept the entire time. He doesn't care much for sightseeing in the brutal cold at this age.

 It's beginning to look a lot like nap time

It's beginning to look a lot like nap time

No trip to Rock Center is complete without a visit to the mother ship:

 Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

The sidewalk surrounding Saks was 5-bodies deep but we managed to sneak a peak at the magical holiday windows:

 Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday 2010 Window Display

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday 2010 Window Display

It was a joyous and spirited day on Fifth Avenue and may have curbed my desire to start petitioning that Christmas be celebrated every other year.

 Fifth Avenue Holiday 2010

Fifth Avenue Holiday 2010

How was your weekend?