Tonight we went to the mall so Landon could get his photo with Santa. He has been very reluctant in the past to get his photo with Santa and it took some encouragement from me to get him to do it today, but I think that he's glad he finally went through with it! I never was the type to force either of my kids to sit on Santa's lap, crying hysterically just for a photo; I just figured it wasn't worth the "trauma". Well, now that my kids are getting older, and Landon may be on the verge of not believing anymore, I felt like I really needed a photo. So, off we went and what a pleasant experience it turned out to be!
The mall has really made the whole picture with Santa thing a nice experience. At the beginning of the line a table is set up with papers and crayons for the kids to write their letters to Santa. The paper has some writing prompts on it such as "What I would like for Christmas is" and "I have been very ____ this year". I thought it was so sweet when Landon got to the question "I also want to tell you" and he filled in "that I believe in you". I thought that was just adorable. Once the kids finish their letters they move on to the Naughty or Nice meter where they push a button to see what the gauge will say. Landon didn't want to push the button which I thought was funny, but he finally did it and the arrow pointed to nice...I could see the relief in his face!
Next, the kids got to put their letter in the mailbox, straight to the North Pole! When they pulled the mailbox open snow started to fall, and that was a real hit with all the little ones too! I thought it was such a nice touch, it just made it seem so magical for them! After all of this, it was his turn to sit on Santa's lap. He was a little nervous, but he did it! I got some cute photo's and I even had to buy one that they took (I just couldn't pass it up!). I hope he'll still want to do this next year, I'm just not ready to give it up!
Now that Zoe is 14 she's a little old for the whole Santa's lap thing, but I did make sure to get a photo of her. She wouldn't do it alone though, so she pulled Landon in!