Some friends of ours clued us into a great holiday tradition at a local Victorian restaurant, and we joined them this year for Tea with Santa.
This is the door that Santa came through. Each kid got to sit on his lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Can you believe that this was the first time Callum ever sat on Santa's lap? We had to prep him! (For the record, he asked for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, both the movie and the XBOX game.)
After that excitement, you dip another scone in the lemon curd and clotted cream and have another cup of tea. The kids get jittery from all the sugar, and some of us start to wonder if we'll make it home in time for kick off of the Dallas-Eagles game.
But there's one last thing! Carols around the piano! Santa has a great singing voice, let me tell you, and my kid can belt them out too. A few songs, and he was done, so even if we missed kick-off, we had a lovely afternoon, and we're home and cozy now. It's blustery outside, and as Santa kept reminding us: CHRISTMAS! IT'S NINE. DAYS. (oh crap, eight now) AWAY!