Spencer & Santa

As some of my long-time readers will attest, last year I did a "Countdown to Christmas" of sorts where I tried to bring the magic back to the holiday season. I wrote:

We seem to have a bit of the “bah humbugs” here. Meaning?! We’re seriously lacking holiday spirit. I knew it was bad when my husband suggested the world would be better without the holidays. So… I’m doing a Countdown to Christmas… with a twist. Remember when the holiday season was almost magical? (OK - maybe it still is for some) Remember the joy we all used to feel as kids when the holidays were right around the corner?! Now I feel that it’s stressful, commercialized and filled with obligations… leaving us frazzled, annoyed and wishing for it to be over. Not what I want during the “most wonderful time of year.” So I’m attempting to bring the magic back. In small, simple ways. (I don’t want it to become yet another thing to check off my list!)

Everyday for the next 24 days, I’ll be posting about magical moments. Observed. Created. Remembered.

Instead of opening little windows on a cardboard box and finding a stale piece of chocolate, I’ll be recording moments that make this season special. And hopefully, I’ll find the magic I’ve lost along the way.

I invite you all to join me in the journey!

Last year we were in a very different place... we had just been through a loop-de-loop on the adoption roller coaster, the wait was really getting to us, work was intense for both of us... along with about a dozen other things. And I didn't manage to post every day... but I did manage to accomplish the goal. I found the magic in the season. I simplified. I took notice of the small things. And I truly did enjoy the season.

So, I thought I would do it again. I have a hunch this year it might be a little easier to find the magic [wink] but I still want to make sure I observe those moments, create them, and remember them.

What better way to kick it off than with one of the most iconic symbols of the season?! SANTA! Truth be told, we went and saw Santa a couple of weeks ago. (Yes, I was one of those crazy parents in line pre-Thanksgiving.) Why? Spencer is always on the move. I thought a line of two would be much easier to cope with than a line of 50. We were in and out in under 20 minutes... that's my kind of Santa visit! We got there while Santa was out to lunch... so it did require waiting of some sort, but we just browsed and kept checking back. With ten minutes left, we got in line behind one other family. (I should say that I got in line while Doug chased Spencer through the mall) I was really nervous to be honest... I didn't know how Spencer was going to react to this guy... he's usually good with strangers... but you never know...

When it was our turn, Doug took Spencer in, and placed him on Santa's lap. Spencer was a little apprehensive at first. There was a little chit-chat between Doug, Santa and Spencer and then Doug quickly bowed out once Spencer warmed up to Santa. Let me tell you... once Spencer warmed up to that big guy, he was not wanting to leave! He happily sat on his lap laughing and clapping... and he kept turning around and smiling and saying "buh-bye" as we left the "North Pole." Now when we have "Santa Sightings," Spencer frantically tries to catch his eye by waving like a lunatic... that's my boy, Mr. Socialite.