Saturday, November 26, 2011
Visiting With Santa---A Thanksgiving Tradition
While we celebrate Christmas with our focus is most definitely on Christ and His birth, this has become a fun little tradition for us. After years of waiting in line for hours to see Santa, we have made it our family tradition to visit with Santa the day before Thanksgiving. A little backwards, I know, but it works for us. We have done this for the past few years and there is no line at all! Plus, Santa is more willing to chat with the kids for a while so that Momma can take lots of cute pictures.
My oldest son is thirteen this year, what he considers "way too old" to visit Santa, but he loves me and puts up with my crazy ideas for now! My younger son is ten and is stuck in that "I don't believe in Santa, but I wish I did" phase, so he didn't mind (yes, he has a black eye in this picture--a backyard football incident). My daughter didn't cry and even willingly went right into Santa's arms (if you have ever met my daughter, you know this is strange!). When asked what she wanted, she replied, "presents."
I love my Santa pictures with the kids. It's a fun way to see how much they grow each year; from babies in Santa's arms to boys too big for laps, who have to sit next to Santa in his seat. I hope they continue to humor me for many more years as they pose with this jolly guy on the day before Thanksgiving. Maybe their future spouses will join us some day!