‘Tis the season to be … drinking cider, people watching, spending time with family and shopping for other people! We spent Sunday evening roaming the streets of Philadelphia checking out the Christmas decorations and shopping for gifts at the city’s annual Christmas Village in Love Park. We drank cider, bought a couple of gifts, talked ourselves out of eating cheese on a stick (this was hard to do) and watched as Isla excitedly took it all in. She spotted her very first Christmas tree and kind of lost her mind a little bit. I taught her how to smell it and she giggled so uncontrollably I nearly died from the cuteness. I imagine she’s going to fall madly in love when we get one for the house. We ran into a few friends with their adorable babies and enjoyed what turned out to be a beautiful, mild (as in not so cold you want to bathe in a tub of hot chocolate) winter evening in the city. If you’re anything like me and you haven’t even begun shopping for gifts, this is a great place to do it. The village has everything from jewelry and painted glass to ornaments and dog treats. The whole thing actually feels a little bit like the shops in Bryant Park at Christmastime, which is one of my favorite places to visit. Let’s call this reason number 632,105 why I love living in a city, especially during the holidays.