December 18, 2013

Another Visit with Santa in Chambana

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!

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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!

9 kind comments from you:

Jen said...

These pictures are amazing! You are truly blessed. :)

Cat said...

We're still working on what our traditions will be, but I think a trip to see Santa is a must! Your pictures are adorable, and I love Walter's expressions.

Kaylee said...

Such a fun experience for Millie and Walter! I am loving the pictures!

Allison said...

This makes me feel so happy. Millie is what all little girls should be like!!!

Breenah A said...

Cute pictures! Our Santa plans were thwarted by sickness (me, then my daughter, then my husband) last year and this year it's not looking like it's gonna happen either.

Kathryn B said...

Beautiful pictures! What a nice tradition!!!!

Fran said...

Aw gawd, these pictures are so cute! My favorite tradition that we're working on is making Christmas cookies and decorating them every year! We go a little crazy with the frosting haha

Chantal said...

They are so cute! I love Santa photos.

Jenn said...

Walter's face! Omg that cutie. I love that Millie asked Santa for ballet lessons. Love even more that you're letting Santa give her that gift. You are a great mama!

Also, we seem to have zero consistent Christmas traditions. We're making baby Jesus a birthday cake (or cake waffles) for Christmas. Mostly because candle-blowing is like The Best Thing Ever in this house right now. We're also sending out very late Christmas cards (which I hope does not turn into a regular tradition). I have a few extra. If you send me your address, I'd love to send ya one. :)

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