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(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

Above, Cassidy Combs, daughter of Kimberly and Chris Combs of Artesia, celebrates her first Christmas Friday amidst a wonderland of sparkling packages, ribbons and bows. From first-timers to seasoned veterans, children throughout the community gave their families and friends the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the holiday season through their eyes this year, and many could be seen outdoors over the holiday weekend, taking advantage of the warm temperatures to test out new Christmas toys. They were back outside – albeit well-bundled – this past weekend for a different kind of winter fun after heavy snowfall in the area.

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    Canan Belbey hits the streets on his new Y wing scooter.

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    Sisters Lauren, right, Maisy, left, and Cassidy Combs get cozy in a comfy chair as Lauren reads “The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend.”

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    Mollie Guy is ready to serve as both doctor and veterinarian with her Pet Vet Kit and Doc McStuffins clinic.

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    Mollie Guy, left, and Evelyn Garay, right, wait patiently as Kirsten Gabaldon constructs a Barbie bus.

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    Jackson Guy squeezes into sister Mollie’s new coat, testing it out for her like a good big brother.

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    Jasper Belbey gets a little assistance learning to ride his new bike.

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    Martin Combs prepares to rock and roll in the literal sense with his new guitar and rollerblades.

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    Rhettleigh Dunbar makes a pretty picture in her first Christmas dress.

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    Rorie Dunbar zooms down the sidewalk on her Y wing scooter.