A Year Like No Other

A Year Like No Other

by Ashley Ariñez on January 12, 2019 in Mom

Today I sang a Christmas song to my daughter before her nap. The holidays have all passed and I’m still feeling the joy that usually ends on December 25 at 9:59pm.

Oh, what song? It’s “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and for some reason she thinks it is best sung by me right before she closes her eyes. Any other song is greeted by her whining and fake tears. I really do need to try out for The Voice next season. 

But, seriously, one year ago, you wouldn’t have found a sight similar to today’s.

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