On Sunday we took the bull by the horns and finally accepted that Christmas is in a week.
Yes, we finally embraced it.
While the house is finally 100% decorated and 75% of the presents are purchased – we hadn’t done some of the most important family traditions… Santa and cookies… and it really wasn’t feeling like Christmas.
Obviously, Santa was the priority. We learned out lesson last year about getting in line EARLY to avoid the rush (yes, we did wait 2.5 hours to see Santa) and got to Millenia Mall at 9:30 on Sunday morning. There was already a line at least 15-20 people deep.
Thankfully, it was much shorter than previous years (I really don’t think I’ve wait less than 90 minutes) and I was able to grab some Starbucks will waiting ( Gingerbread Lattes are the BEST). They also had some free entertainment this year – a magician – who my kids LOVED.
After about an hour – it was our turn!
I know people think I am crazy for waiting in this line, but I will reiterate my stance: It is WORTH THE WAIT.
They do such a great job of capturing that moment of meeting Santa…
And yes, he really does look like the real thing!
(Plus, the CD of high-res pictures (this year we got 40 in total) – at a reasonable price – that I can use as I want helps.)
After Santa, I did a little shopping (not enough – I need to go back!) and the kids got their well-deserved hot chocolate. It’s hard enough for me stand in line for an hour – I give my kids credit! In the end we were in and out of the mall in 2 hours. Not bad.
Later that day B me asked if we could make cookies and I obliged by finding this recipe on Pinterest.
Super duper easy!
The kids helped me pour everything into the mixer and then spooned the dough onto the cookie sheet.
After showers and jammies they got to try out their treat. A perfect way to end the day.
I think we are going to make a batch of my favorite cookies later this week — White Chocolate Cranberry!
What are your favorite holiday traditions? These are definitely some of mine!