Saturday, December 20, 2008

Santa Claus Came to Town

One night, a few weeks ago, we heard that Santa was going to be at my favorite coffee shop in town. So I thought it would be a great time to take the kids. It would be a quiet intimate place to visit and see Santa. With four little personalities, you never know what reactions you'll get to the big guy.

We were the only ones there when we arrived. As expected, the Doodlebug and the Snugglebug jumped right into his lap. Good thing Santa expects this behavior from children. Anyone else wouldn't have seen it coming.

The Baby wasn't too sure about him. He kept his distance and only offered a high five for a greeting. He quietly observed our jolly new friend for the rest of the evening, never getting any closer than required.

Chojuk has never been a big fan of Father Christmas. When he was smaller, we'd pass him at various locations around town and Chojuk would dare to look and possibly wave, but only at a distance. He's a cautious little guy.

The Doodlebug nearly talked his beard off. She told him all about life with 3 brothers and was happy to report that they were mostly naughty, and she was the nice one. And when she was asked what she wanted for Christmas, she simply said, "A new movie." I hope she's always this easy to please.

The Snugglebug was the first to reach Santa. He didn't bother to introduce himself or engage in small talk. He jumped right to the meat of the conversation. "My friend Mallory has Mario Kart and that's what I want for Christmas. Don't forget to bring me one, ok?"

After 30 minutes of chatting with Santa and trying to get a good picture of the whole family, as evidenced by the Christmas card you've hopefully received, we went into another room to eat dinner. We wanted to give other families the chance to speak to Santa if they wanted to. But for the duration of our visit, we were the only ones there.

After he finished eating, Chojuk went back in to see Santa. He had kept his distance earlier but I think his curiosity got the best of him and he wanted his chance to talk to Santa. He told Santa all about his favorite video games, how he lived on a farm, but didn't like to go outside, and what the true meaning of Christmas was. They visited for quite a while and the longer they talked the more comfortable Chojuk got. Santa and Mrs. Claus were extremely complimentary of him, and all the kids, and said it was due to our homeschooling. I cherish those compliments as they are so rare!

By the end of the evening, I'd say Chojuk had pretty much welcomed our jolly new friend into the family. It was fun to see him enjoy himself and have such a good time with Santa.

1 comment:

trish said...

that sounds like so much fun!! where is it? that would make a fun big family vacation!