The past two years we have dressed Adeline in her Christmas dress and taken some pictures of her in front of the tree in the days right after Christmas. This year, Adeline is almost three and a half, so everything was a little more difficult. First off she flat out refused. Said "NO" in no uncertain terms. After I said it would make me sad not to have the pictures, she relented and decided to cooperate. Or sort-of cooperate, anyway. She said she HAD to wear her birthday dress. NOT the Christmas dress and NOT the other Christmas dress. It was her pink birthday dress or no way. Not a fight I was willing to have, so the birthday dress went on. She lasted about...12 seconds...and wanted to stop. And there was no way she was going to sit on the stool. Nope. Not going to. Too wobbly, she says, even though she wouldn't even try it. To convince her to stay just a little longer, I let her hold the oh-so-breakable blue fawn which is usually very high up the tree. It's one of my favourite ornaments and it's become Adeline's favourite too. While holding the fawn, she lasted about another 4 minutes, but that was enough to get some really lovely Christmas pictures of my stubborn and contrary beautiful girl.