On Friday the girls dressed up in some Christmas outfits and we headed to the mall to see Santa. This is the first time they've ever been to see the mall Santa up close. We've looked at him from afar the past few years but never ventured up to sit on his lap. This year we decided it was time to pay him a visit.
I was thrilled that we arrived to see Santa waiting just for us - there was not a child in line! He seemed to have a steady stream of visitors after us, but I think timing our visit to him with the last day most public schools are in session and are having their holiday parties was a good plan. Julia walked right up to Santa and had a long chat with him while I took Emma out of her chair and fixed her outfit and handed her over to Santa. Emma was NOT pleased at all to be with Santa and started screaming crying immediately. Thankfully, though, the mall Santa has a secret weapon - lots and lots of people walking by his throne. Emma had to stop crying to get a good look at all the people walking around. She is just that nosy! And, while she forgot about being on Santa's lap I started playing peek-a-boo with her while the photographer snapped a few photos and we ended up with a pretty good photo with Santa. I can't get over how much Julia looks like a little lady in this photo. I think she doesn't have a smile because there were so many photos taken and I guess the person selecting the photo to print focused on the best one of Emma thinking we didn't want to capture the blood curling screaming moments before she smiled. I do want it to go on record that Julia did have a smile for a lot of the time she was sitting with Santa, though.
Since our visit with Santa took about 5 minutes total we had time to hit a few stores and finish up all our Christmas shopping. The crowds were pretty heavy even at 10:30 am and were outrageous when we left around 12:30 pm. Thankfully, we shouldn't have to visit the mall any more before Christmas because I don't deal so well with the huge crowds.
Here are a few photos I snapped of the girls when we stopped to throw a few pennies in the fountain - our one tradition each time we visit the mall because a girl can never have too many wishes!
Speaking of wishes, I want to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!