The night our neighbors joined a donkey and sheep and pig in our front yard over hot chocolate and marshmallows to celebrate the the reason of the season.

It was just chilly enough to feel festive,and just random enough to feel like it could become a tradition. But gathering with neighbors and friends alike in the front yard, making our way through marshmallows and hot cocoa, mingling over wrangling children serenaded by braying and laughter, it was an evening that warmed me to the fullest heart.

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