On December 22nd we took our littles to visit Santa for the first time! Let me just tell you, the whole Santa thing has evolved in our home the past few years. When we first had Clara we didn't think we wanted to do the whole Santa thing with our kids. Our main reasoning was that we wanted to keep Christmas centered around Jesus' birth. Well, as Clara and Davey got older they just picked up on knowing about Santa from our culture and started asking questions. At first we would turn the questions around on them, asking what they thought. Well finally last year when Clara had just turned 5 and Davey was 3, we decided to relax and not take the whole Santa thing so seriously and just have fun with it. By then they were fully believing he was real anyway. So last year they got Santa presents for the first time. (And before that they were probably too young to realize they didn't get a Santa gift. They had never said anything about it.) Well this year was the first year they wanted to actually go visit Santa, sit on his lap, and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.
We put on our Christmas best and then went to go see Santa!
baby's first Christmas 💜
Santa insisted on all three of them sitting on his lap! 😊
Davey telling Santa he wanted an Imaginext Batbot. It was so precious. 💙
Clara telling Santa she would like a castle for her princess dolls. So sweet. 💕
Now I thought for sure Emma was going to do great since she is still so little and not really experiencing stranger danger or separation anxiety yet. Well, I was wrong! As soon as I handed her off she looked up at Santa and immediately did the whole classic bawling-baby-while-Santa-holds-them cry. I did manage to get her calm for this brief shot, but she was not impressed.
After our special time with Santa we changed into our pajamas for our annual Jammy Cocoa Christmas tradition. We piled back into the van, turned on Christmas music, grabbed some hot cocoa from Scooters, pulled out candy canes for the kids, and drove around looking at Christmas lights.
We LOVE Christmas around here and this was such a special night together!