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Happy Holidays!

Robison Family Christmas Card
We are a little behind with our holiday card, but here’s the front cover.

Song of the Day: O Pismesstee, O Pismesstee

“O Pismesstee O Pismisstee” is our new song. Every time we see a lit Christmas tree anywhere, we start to sing. The girls even point to tinsel and start bobbing their heads. It makes my heart glad since this is the first holiday in two years I’m really game to celebrate. Two years ago, I was on bed rest and my entire focus was keeping Lyra and Ripley in my belly until at least 32 weeks (they came at 36, not bad for a 46-year-old mommy!) Last year, we were so tired, and the girls weren’t old enough to understand the holiday, so we barely got a tree up at all.

This year, the tree went up on December 12! The stockings are hung, and garland and ribbons are strung around the staircase. Wooden ornaments are being bandied about the house by little hands (all sacred glass bulbs are above the four foot level!), along with reindeers and Santas.  

Last week, the girls attempted to meet Santa at their Grandpa’s place:  

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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