Last year Jacob was a bit hesitant with Santa. This year however, he was very excited to see him and tell him all about the “Stinky Truck” he wanted. Thanks to commercials on the kids channel, he learned about this robotic garbage truck that moves, talks and swallows matchbox cars and burps…The Stinky Truck. At first I kind of rolled my eyes at it and figured he would move on to something else when it came closer to Christmas. But he didn’t. We had three encounters with Santa and every single time he told him he wanted a Stinky Truck. I knew then I had to find one.
Our first visit with Santa was completely unplanned. I was returning something at the mall and when we were coming down the escalator we saw Santa. So we walked by and stopped for a minute to wave and let the boys get a good look at him. Jacob was so excited and dancing around. It was early, the mall had just opened and there was no line, so I decided to take the boys to go sit on his lap. At first Dylan was jumping and dancing along with Jacob just a mere few inches from Santa’s lap, after Jacob climbed up onto his knee, I started to lift Dylan up and he completely lost it. I froze for a few seconds trying to decide if I should save Dylan from the jolly man in the red suit or back away so they could snap a picture. Yep, I backed away for the picture…
I then quickly rescued Dylan and listened to Jacob chatting Santa’s ear off. Of course I ended up paying a ridiculous amount of money for this picture, but it is kind of priceless. And for the record, I did feel a little bad for Dylan, but he got over it real quick.
The following week, we went to the Bernardo Winery for their Holiday Nights. This time there was a long line for Santa, so Justin and I were taking turns standing in line, and walking around with the boys. One time when I was walking with them, we scored a bench next to where Santa was so the boys climbed up and danced to the music while watching all the kids have their turn with Santa. Jacob and I asked Dylan several times if he wanted to go see Santa and each time he shook his head, nooooo. When it came our turn, he was actually okay with it, so I put him on his lap and stepped back for the picture.
Our final encounter with Santa was at the Rancho Bernardo Inn for their December Nights. This time my parents were with us. Usually Santa is on their outside patio next to the fireplace, but it was raining so he was moved inside of one of the ballrooms. When it came our turn, Jacob hopped up and I started to put Dylan on his lap and he decided he was not going to like it again. So I put him on my lap and we did the family picture first,
then I slid him down to Santa’s lap for the boys picture.
And not only was Santa there but Elsa made an appearance too! So the boys had a nice little visit with her.
I wonder what next year will bring when we see Santa…
When we were not busy chatting up Santa Claus we were busy preparing food and baking in preparation for Christmas. And I often find myself wondering why we only make this stuff one time a year?
First up on the agenda was Gingerbread cookies! The boys were great helpers with this one. They couldn’t wait to get their hands on that dough (yes, they were clean!)
When working in the kitchen, Jake really likes to help, or I should say he likes to do it himself! Every step along the way he says “I can do it!” and takes over, and he really is pretty good at this.
They both had fun with the cookie cutters
Then the best part is decorating them
The hard part was convincing them that we couldn’t eat them all because we had to save them for Christmas!
The day before Christmas Eve, my mom and I started getting all the food prepared for Christmas Eve dinner and made Oma’s sweet rolls for Christmas morning as tradition calls for. It was a little bittersweet since Oma went home to Heaven just about 2 weeks before. This is definitely a tradition that will carry on.
And what fun is baking without a little bit of Champagne!
The food was wonderfully delicious! And it always amazes me how quickly it all disappears after you spent days making everything. Maybe that’s why we only do it one time a year. But to me the preparation part is just as fun as the celebration part so it is all well worth it!