Every year, a library down the road from us hosts an evening with Santa Claus. It's a chance to speak with the big man himself (and a very convincing one, I might add), get a picture and a candy cane, and make some fun Christmas crafts afterwards. It was something Millie looked forward to for days, and, of course, it was Walter's first year, so we dressed in our finest and went to see the man in red.
It's become a tradition in our house, although it's a bit of an accidental one. (Here is the first year and the second one.) It's the same man every year, and he does a great job. Millie stood in the short line, craning her neck to see him as if she were about to visit a celebrity. When it was her turn, she bounded up to him, climbed up on his lap, gave him a huge hug, and said, "I love you, Santa Claus!"
Needless to say, she was not shy. She asked him for ballet lessons and they discussed tutus for while.
Walter didn't cry or put up a fuss. He kept his eye on Santa, though, and studied the beard a little.
These last two photos are from the professional photographer there. Walter's expression is my favorite!
We had a ball at our visit, and Millie made a pretty candy cane ornament and paper plate wreath, too.
But now I want to know: what are your favorite Christmas traditions in your house? Either the ones from your childhood or the ones you've started as an adult. We have a few little things that we do every year, but I'd like to build some new ones. I'd love your ideas!