On Saturday, we took the kids to see Santa!
It was Anna’s very first close encounter with Santa and she did great. I think it helped that she actually ASKED to go...because I don’t think we would have taken her otherwise. She was a little shy, but it wasn’t long before they were in a deep conversation. She asked for a red train, so now pressure is on me to deliver!
(On a side note, what do you tell your kids about Santa? We tell Anna that Santa brings toys for kids who are good….and that’s it. We don’t make an emphasis on whether Santa is real or make-believe fun. We don’t use Santa as a bribe or threat. It’s up to her on what she wants to believe. Although I think at 3-¾ years old, she will believe in Santa unless we break it to her. That’s fine by me. It’s all harmless fun and part of the magic, right?)
Anyway, we actually saw Santa at an old restored mill, which was an experience all on its own. It was dark, lit up only by a few light bulbs, no heat. In the room where Santa was in, the only source of light was a fire and a candle, which made picture taking very difficult, hence the grainy photos.
After Santa, we went downstairs.
Will, who stayed away from Santa, roasted marshmallow on an open fire and tried some too. Anna stayed away this time.
It was cold and icy on Saturday. Sleeting! Frozen raining! But I think the staff was very appreciative of those who came despite of the bad weather. There was holiday cheer all around.
And the kids forgot about the cold after we got them some old-fashioned suckers at the General Store.