Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tis the Season

This holiday season has been so much fun with the kids this year.  They are finally old enough to start understanding some.  They love Santa, the Christmas tree, Christmas lights, and the many Christmas TV specials.  I love watching their excitement and starting our own Christmas traditions with them.

{Our Christmas Tree}
I wasn't sure what would happen with this year's Christmas tree - whether it would stay standing through Christmas or not.  But so far so good.  Our decorations only go from the top to half way down (since the ornaments look so much like balls).  But they love the lights and get excited to see it every morning.  :-)

{Visiting with Santa}
We have talked about Santa quite a bit this year and have seen him a couple of times.  The first time we saw him was at the North Park Mall.  We visited him for story time.  And I have to say I was very impressed with how interactive it was.  We will be going again next year for sure. 

{Story Time with Santa}
{Trains at North Park}
We also went that day to see the Trains at North Park.  They have the most amazing display of toy trains there.

We finished our Christmas visit at the mall with Scrooge.  This was a little too old for us this year but we will try again.
We also had breakfast with Santa with my twins mom group.  The kids got to sit on Santa's lap for pictures there - but as much as they like Santa they weren't so sure about being that close to him this year.  There were no tears but no smiles either.  (Of course I found out little girl has strep so that could have played a part in her not having as much excitement for Santa...but she did manage to give him a hug before we left.)

{Christmas Cookies}
We've also have had several test runs of making Christmas cookies for Santa this year.  I've really enjoyed this with them.  Each time they seem impressed with different steps in the process - rolling the dough, cutting out the cookies, adding sprinkles, eating the cookies.  We will be making them one more time Christmas Eve.  I hope Santa likes them.  :-)

{Christmas Hugs}
But I have to say my absolute favorite thing so far this year has been the Christmas hug!!  I hope we have many more of these.  :-)

Merry Christmas everyone!!  And I hope you all get lots of Christmas hugs!!

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