Next year he'll probably be very excited to meet him.
This year he was happy enough to see Santa and Mrs. Claus from a distance. Where was this great celebrity sighting? None other than at his school's big Christmas celebration: Stories with Santa.
Dressed in his reindeer pj's, the scallywag was already feeling very festive that morning. It carried over to the later part of the day as we arrived at Kolbe's Korner for activities and play.
Needless to say, both Eldest and the scallywag had a very good time!
But the best was yet to come. After their cheeks were made rosy by the cold, everyone was invited into a large meeting room. As you can see, it was a bit of a madhouse.
And when the man with the bag entered with his wife by his side, the children erupted into cheers and applause!
It didn't get much quieter after he sat down to greet everyone, but what can you expect when the average age in the room is 4? The spirit of Christmas was alive and well and it showed on the glowing face of every single child.
Nibbling on sugar cookies, Eldest and the scallywag listened to Santa read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "The Gingerbread Man". There was an undercurrent of great excitement as he peered over the pages, glancing at the children. He'd smile at them, wave, give them knowing winks.
He was great with this very large room of children. From his bellowing "Ho, Ho, Ho" to his warm greeting to every wanting child, Santa was a hit.
Both children are wrapped up in the Christmas spirit right now, but I don't believe it really settled over our home until that morning. It's amazing the feelings Santa can inspire in children of all ages. Admission: seeing him makes me feel happy, too. It brings to mind all of the very special Christmases with my own parents, and the excitement seeing Santa brought every year.
I hope this pure joy and love for the season never fades in the hearts of my children. May the magic of this season stay with them always.
And with that in mind, I'm off to a very special Christmas concert for my wee scallywag. Seeing little ones all dolled up and singing songs praising the birth of Jesus and the sweetness of Rudolph is such a wonderful sight!
A lovely day to you all, and as always, thank you for stopping by.