This past Friday we journeyed to Old Sturbridge Village to attend Christmas by Candlelight. I say "journeyed" because, for some strange reason, it took us 90 minutes to get there instead of our normal 45. All I could think was "goodness, we could have driven to Connecticut in that length of time"! Once we finally arrived we made a beeline for Santa. The line was on the shorter side, and we were glad to not have too many people in front of us (although it was about a 30 minute wait before we got to visit with him).
As I shared last year Santa is not a focal point of Christmas for us. The girls came to their belief in him all on their own (and believe they do). It's not to say that we discourage Santa, though we don't really encourage him either (more about that in the link above if you haven't read it already), however there is just something about this Santa, and it wouldn't feel like December without our visit with him. He chatted with the girls about what they were hoping for for Christmas (Legos for those wondering). He was delighted to learn that we are a homeschool family, and they chatted at great length about Saint Nicholas (and how that's really who he is) and how stockings came to be (which the girls knew, of course, having just read all sorts of Saint Nicholas stories earlier this month). Finally, it was time to go. Goodness knows the line had grown while we were up there and he had many more families to visit with. We wished him a very Merry Christmas and he wished us one back along with a "see you next year!" Right back at ya, Santa! xo