On Saturday, we headed out for our annual Santa's lap photo. We have each of the three previous years displayed in frames on our sofa table right now and I was excited to add a fourth! I also get super nervous that someone is going to get sick pre-Christmas and we are going to miss our opportunity, so I tend to jump on the tradition the first moment we're able!
For Brantley's first two Christmases, we braved the crowds and went to see Santa at Crown Center. Though Crown Center is a really fun and festive place during the holidays (and always), it's also insane. The parking sucks, the line is long, and the people are everywhere. Besides, I'm not huge on the Crayola-themed photo.
This year, and for the second year in a row, we visited the Von Maur Santa. Von Maur is a local department store that hosts Santa every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Santa is really legit and the setting is super adorable. Included is a complimentary 5x7 photo and/or you can take your own. There is typically a line, but it's nothing like the line at the mall and it moves quickly. On top of that, I've never felt rushed, like I have at other locations. And one of my favorite things about Von Maur in general is the pianist, and you can always count on holiday tunes at Christmastime.
Anyway, this year, we let Brantley have a chance to visit with Santa before we plopped Holden down on his lap. I think a small part of Brantley was still a little unsure of how to react, but he warmed up quickly and did a fine job of rattling off his Christmas wish list. A barrel of monkeys, a dump truck puzzle, and a big red ball with his name on it.
As expected and even at 19 months, Holden still isn't a fan. I knew he wouldn't be. Craig begged to differ, but this mama knows better. ;)
He was, however, a fan of the candy cane Santa gave him.
Another year in the books! Hard to believe next year there will be a 2- and 4-year old!!
Follow these links for previous years' visits.