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Our Annual Santa Visit, this Year to “Place Her Order”

This post about our annual Santa visit is sponsored by Gymboree.

“Do you want to go see Santa tonight,” I asked her. Greeted with eyes of wonder, “Yes!” she cheered. “Let’s go see him so I can place my order.” Not exactly the thought-process I was thinking, but makes sense in the eyes of a 5-year-old who has seen Santa for the past few years with the sole purpose to ask him for what she wants for Christmas. “Honey, it’s not Burger King,” my husband chimed in.

Since she was a mere 4 months old, we’ve been taking Bear to see Santa at the same mall (yes somehow, every year, Santa looks different…). It’s become one of our holiday traditions, nestled between cutting down the Christmas tree and singing along to Joy to the World at the annual Christmas concert at grandma’s church.

This year, we bundled up and headed to the mall after work on Thursday. Bear grabbed her penguin purse and slipped on her new silver shoes and penguin ring. Little Man wanted to match his sister, so he threw on his penguin sweater.

When they got to the front of the line, Santa greeted them by commenting on the penguins. “Wow – look at the dinosaur on your shirt,” exclaimed Santa. “Nooooo!” responded Little Man. “It’s a peg-win!” Santa joked the entire visit, saying he thought it was all different animals and the kids giggled with joy.

“What do you want for Christmas?” Santa asked. “WellieWisher boots to match my Willa,” Bear smiled. “I want a green racetrack and a grey racetrack and a black racetrack and lots of cars,” shouted Little Man at warp speed, channeling Ralphie in A Christmas Story when he asked for his Red Rider BB Gun.

“Be good and Merry Christmas,” cheered Santa as we said goodbye.

We walked by a beautful tree display on our way out. I pulled out my camera to snap our a Christmas card picture (last minute mom moment for the win!).

A quick upload that night when we got home and my cards were ordered. I didn’t even stress about them this year. One night and I crossed two to-dos off my list – Santa visit ✔️ and cards ✔️ – boom.

All the holiday looks in this post are from Gymboree (aren’t they adorable?!). Looking for outfits for those special holiday moments? Check out Gymboree’s collection for Holiday 2017. Gymboree provides quality, coordinated looks for every occasion that my family has loved for the past 5 years since becoming a mom!

What are your family’s holiday traditions? Let me know in the comments!

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers - "Bear" and "Little Man." She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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  • Reply Tori

    I cannot believe how big these gorgeous kiddos are now!

    December 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply Ashley

      Thank you!!! 🙂

      December 16, 2017 at 8:52 am

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