Last week, I entered a contest to win tickets to go to something called 'The Santa Experience'. I'd already taken the boys to see Santa, but after talking to some moms in my momstown group, I realized this would be perfect.
This program is perfect for the child that is somewhat skittish of Santa. J wasn't terrified of him like last year, just unsure of who he was (and can you blame him?). It starts out with Mrs. Claus (not really dressed up) letting the kids into Santa's area. There is a little hut which is Santa's workshop, a big Christmas tree and a chair for Santa to sit in.
The kids were told by one of the elves (again not dressed up like elves) to make as many pretend snowballs as they could. Then the kids had to yell 'Santa' as loud as they could and Santa came jumping out of his workshop and started having a 'snowball fight' with the kids. J didn't really get this. He was looking for the real snow. Santa was awesome though! He was rolling on the ground, diving behind the tree and flopping all over. Honestly, I was surprised he was able to do that.
After the snowball fight, he lit the Christmas tree by taking colours from the kids clothes and throwing them at the tree. As he threw each colour, that set of lights went on.
The kids and Santa sang Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and did the Reindeer Pokey instead of the Hokey Pokey. J is not a fan of singing and sat with his head in my lap. Then Santa read all the kids a story.
Once the story was done, it was time for pictures. Santa went into his workshop to get his red coat on and came back out. I must admit, this is one of the most realistic looking Santas I've seen. His beard was and long-ish white hair was real so it gave him a real authentic look. You could actually see his face compared to those Santa's who are just eyes.
We waited about 10 minutes to get our picture taken with Santa. I had to bring my own camera which was fine because I didn't want to wait around for pictures. J sat with him this time, but since no one really understands what he's saying except me, I had to interpret. J told Santa that he was wearing shoes and that he liked trains. Santa told him to be a good boy all year and J said "K". And of course, Andrew sat there not having a clue of what was going on.
Here's our updated picture (without me in it)! He's looking at the elf ringing the bell who is standing off to the side instead of behind me (for some strange reason).