By early December we've already seen the Christmas windows at Grand America twice! It is such a fun free activity, and it's warm! So when I had a house guest in from Louisiana it was such a great way to spend our last morning. It was just Juliet, since James was in school.
Every year they build a full sized gingerbread house. This year it was a rustic cabin complete with an outhouse!
We always end the loop with a visit to the toy store and a macaroon in the bakery.