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Magical Snow at the Hyatt on the Embarcadero

Magical Snow at the Hyatt on the Embarcadero

Sweetie and I decided to have breakfast out this morning and took a wintery cold (by SF standards) and sunny walk over to the Hyatt. They have an immense lobby which they totally do up for the holidays. It’s pretty magical looking up the entire height of the building from inside and seeing what looks like snow falling, but snow that is made up entirely of lights. There were many, many(!) children there having breakfast, and they were all chattering away about their elevator rides (“open” elevators overlook the entire scene), about seeing Santa (who was quite jolly walking about the restaurant, trying to sit on parents’ laps, to the squealing delight and utter, wide-eyed amazement of their children!), and about ice-skating afterwards. All in all, it’s a major “Oooh-Aaah” place even for adults, but the wonder and joy in children’s faces and voices definitely add to the magic. More photos follow (taken by sweetie who really is a great sport about being my personal photographer). (more…)

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toysWe know there are many organizations throughout the world that work tirelessly year round, but especially so during the holidays, to bring a sense of hope and good will to those in need. For many years, le•top has worked with one such group in our area. Attorneys For Children is a self-funded group of volunteer attorneys who become very industrious elves from August through January. They hone gift lists for shelters and other organizations that serve the homeless and indigent. They make early morning runs to purchase toys and other gifts, then sort and bag them, and then distribute the gifts late into the night, close to Christmas. They do this to ensure that homeless children have at least one new gift to open during the holiday season, and just as importantly, to let children in shelters (or otherwise in need) know that the community values them and has faith in their futures. (more…)

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stoneridge_20081112_000128Last week I took my daughter to see Santa Claus at the mall and get our annual photo. This is the first year she talked his ear off about how we had to go to different stores, and try on different dresses, and how she had to find the perfect dress to wear with her red, sparkly shoes. I never thought she had an obsession with fashion.

Every year, Santa asks the same ol’ question, “What would you like for Christmas?” This year my daughter animatedly and excitedly said, “CLOTHES!” And she was very specific, too. She wants play clothes: t-shirts, pants, socks, camisoles, etc. How many 4-year olds ask for clothes? (I swear, that Santa gave me the stink eye and looked at me as if I made my daughter say clothes.)

So tell us, what are your kids asking for this Christmas?

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