This year has been more magical than any other so far. James has been so excited for Christmas to come, but other than "a big digger" he hasn't told me anything he wants. What he is getting, however, I hope he'll love.
Santa has been talked about daily, and while James is excited and a touch unsure, Juliet is terrified. Whenever we say "Santa is coming!" she puts her little hand on her cheek, tips her head and says "worried". Oh my.
This year we didn't do either of the traditional cookie days. My aunt and uncle and cousins are traveling, and since my Grandma's stroke family activities are a lot harder and take a lot more work. My mom and I decided to pass on cookie day this year, and E's family decided that as well.
That said, we've been having such a great time celebrating the season. We went to Temple Square early this year, right after Thanksgiving as a spur of the moment activity. Because we were not planning on it, I didn't even have my big camera, however thank goodness for iPhones, I was able to capture the fun.
And another day we went to Trolly Square only to find a wonderful (free!) Santa without a line. Wha? It was the last Saturday before Christmas and it was the middle of the afternoon. The fact that there was no line was a Christmas miracle. James was so worried to see Santa he just kept peeking through his hands. Juliet was giving Santa a worried face. I just love this photo that E captured. My kids are so shy with new experiences.
And one of our other favorite (free) Christmas actives is visiting Grand America hotel. We've been going since James was Juliet's age.