We made our annual trek to the mall on black Friday. Of course, it wasn't to do any shopping or anything crazy like that - it was to see Santa! Normally, there is no line, and it's an easy in and out. Apparently, everyone has caught wind of my little plan! There was actually a line and we had to wait about half an hour. I was very disappointed! Especially since Kate wasn't exactly feeling great, and I was hoping to be super quick. My mom quickly pointed out that we were there about 2 or 3 hours earlier then we usually go (we went around 1:00 because I wanted to go in between Kate's naps). So, next year - I'll be sure we don't go until 4:00 or so. The mall was crazy at 1:00!
But - never fear - our mission was accomplished! The kids did well! Jackson made sure he didn't cry! He talks about this picture of Adam seeing Santa all the time! (Adam was 3 in this picture - the same age as Jackson this year) Every time we talk about seeing Santa, he says "I won't cry, mom!"
And he was right - he didn't cry! He walked right up to Santa and talked to him and sat right next to him! I adore the Santa at Alderwood Mall! It's been the same man since we've been taking the kids there for the past 7 Christmas' and I know he's been there for much longer than that. He is so patient, and kind to all the kids. And even though there was a line, he didn't rush anything! Adam and Jackson walked right up to him and he kindly talked to them while I brought Kate up. Then he sweetly played peek a boo with Kate and got her to smile. He arranged Adam and Jackson and then I handed Kate to him. She fuzzed for just a second and then was fine. I backed up and snapped some pictures with my phone, and then helped Kate smile. Here's the picture the photographer got. It turned out cute!
They had a new Santa set this year, and it was so cute! I love the little love seat for kids to sit next to Santa! This is a picture from my phone showing everything! Nice - huh!
Santa the day after Thanksgiving is a fun tradition! I'm so glad my parents went with me - especially since we had to wait in line! I love having these pictures to put up every year! And it just means the Christmas season has officially begun! (I've been listening to Christmas music since Halloween - but don't tell Scott!)