My holiday season included a trip to the zoo. Christmas lights surrounded the habitats, giving the crisp winter day a cozy and cheerful atmosphere. Many of the animals were tucked away for the night or the season, but I managed to sketch a few. The best part about drawing in public places is when I get compliments from children who sneak a peek at my work. I love to hear proud parents tell me how well their kids can draw. I hope these brief conversations encourage kids to keep doing the things they love, whether professionally or as a hobby.