I love Christmas.  All the lights and packages make me giddy as can be.  The city we live in decorates the main street with beautiful lights, and Santa’s Workshop.

Last Thursday, a friend and I took the kids downtown for the Jingle Mingle event.  HJ and I arrived a little early and snuck into a few shops.  The sidewalks were decorated with lanterns, and each of the shops had treats and adult beverages to enjoy.

We were 3rd in line to see the big man, and thank goodness, because the line quickly became out of control.

I always think the little workshop looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book…

232323232%7Ffp54379)nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 68758832(nu0mrjAnd there is a cute mailbox to drop your letters to Santa in.

232323232%7Ffp73488)nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 68758932(nu0mrjHJ was excited and hesitant to see Santa.  Luckily, one of his friends was quite brave.

232323232%7Ffp54364)nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 68759332(nu0mrjThe kids eagerly ran into the workshop when it was their turn.

232323232%7Ffp5434 )nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 68759732(nu0mrjAnd HJ nervously stood by while his friend talked it up with the big man.  Then, it was his turn to be brave.

232323232%7Ffp543 7)nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 68759932(nu0mrjAnd he told Santa he wanted a pirate ship for Christmas.

232323232%7Ffp734 4)nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 68759 32(nu0mrjWhen the kids were done talking to Santa, they had to climb a ladder and do down a twisty slide to leave the workshop.  HJ did not want to partake in it until he went outside and saw what the fuss was about.

232323232%7Ffp73498)nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 6875 232(nu0mrjAfter Santa, we had pizza with our friends.

The next night, HJ’s Elf on a Shelf surprised him with a note.

232323232%7Ffp54358)nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 6875 632(nu0mrjHe included new Christmas pj’s, hot chocolate, popcorn and The Polar Express.

232323232%7Ffp54377)nu=3276)68;)56 )WSNRCG=386 6875 732(nu0mrjWe had a relaxing evening snuggling up in our pj’s and watching a fabulous Christmas movie.

I love seeing how excited HJ is for Christmas this year.  How he talks about Santa (and asked a man at Wal-Mart if he was Santa…), and randomly bursts into Jingle Bells.

How have you been enjoying the holiday season?

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