Monday, December 8, 2008

A Visit to Santa

So Matt and I had decided a couple of years ago that we weren't real sure how to handle Santa with our kids, so we'd just see what happened when the kids got old enough to know one way or the other. Last year worked really well with stories of St Nick and how Santa Claus represented St Nick. This year, however, was a whole new experience. Caleb just took Santa and ran with him, with Addie super-close on his heels! For a two year old, Addie sure did know a whole lot about Santa Claus and his hometown, The North Pole ... "where the polar bears live" she would remind us each time she heard North Pole mentioned.
So we had a very fun time this year helping the kids to fulfill their fantasies of Jolly Ole St Nick -- and we know that some people highly disagree with the fantasy of Santa Claus and we mean no ill-will as we discuss our holiday season -- to each his own with the understanding that we all know what Christmas is really about. And as long as our kids also know, then we, personally, are happy to indulge them in the fantasy of Santa should they express desire to do so. Which they most definitely did :-)
Continuing on, tonight was our visit to Santa at the mall. The kids were quite excited to see him and I am happy to report that everyone did a great job on Santa's lap.
Caleb, as expected, had to be literally pulled off of Santa's lap during his long list, complete with explanations and specifications, of his requests for Christmas, along with his thoughtful questions about Santa's health (he's been quite concerned about this recently).
Addie kept it short and sweet. "And what would you like for Christmas, little girl?" asks Santa. "Umm, a chocolate donut with sprinkles" replies Addie. We got a look from Santa.
After our visit we headed over to the local IHOP - nothing says Christmas like omelettes and french toast. We returned home to attempt our first showing of The Polar Express. Seeing as how Caleb doesn't like any movie that has an antagonist or noise, we didn't expect it to last past the opening credits. He surprised us, however, by LOVING it! We'll see if it sticks, but this is a HUGE accomplishment for everyone :-) It was a wonderful start to the Christmas season and a great day with the family. I sure do love Christmas!

Here's Caleb stressing his point

Check out this shirt - I'm gonna be sorry when this doesn't fit next year