Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We Almost Forgot

A blizzard is expected to hit our area tonight and tomorrow.  Up to 12 inches, they say.  We'll see.  Something tells me that it will be significantly less than that. Seems the news stations are always trying to whip us into a frenzy about something.  SNOW in Wisconsin in winter???  Oh no!  Who could have guessed?

I jest.

Though I do not put too much stock in the meteorologists' predictions I still take precautions, of course. Yesterday I ran around finishing up all the Christmassy loose ends, just in case.  I wrapped every, single, last present (even FORTY small gag gifts that will be used for our annual Christmas dice game) and hid them, bought and wrapped all the teachers' gifts, bought and wrapped the kids' kris kringle gifts, made and bought treats for each kids' class Christmas parties, and even ran out and got some special "must have" treats for blizzards (aka- hot chocolate).  
Right about the time I was ready to settle down to finish my book (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo- finally) with a cup of coffee I remembered that the kids HAD NOT SEEN SANTA YET this year.  Good grief!

I quickly ran down the list of nights we had available.  Wednesday, school Christmas concert at church. Thursday, possible blizzard.  Friday, possible trip up north for a last minute ski trip before Christmas which also means that we would be gone on Saturday and Sunday as well.  And that would bring us to Christmas Eve!  Yikes!

No time like the present, I guess.  

After school the kids diligently finished their homework as I finished up wrapping some of the gifts (had to let the kids see what they got their kris kringles).  We waited for Todd to get home from work and then off we went to see the Big Guy. The kids were ecstatic!

Todd and I were pretty ecstatic too when we arrived at our destination and saw that the line was not all the way out the door.  The kids even had time to stop and chat with Bruce the Spruce and listen to his knock-knock jokes.  In case you can't tell (the kids are standing in the way a bit), that is a big, white tree with eyes and a mouth that talks to each kid that goes through.  A big hit around here.  I remember being mesmerized by it as a kid too.
Further on down the line in Santaland we saw the toy soldiers.  Joey, being on a big military kick right now, insisted that they have their picture taken by the soldiers.
Time for a silly shot too.  And yes, the lighting in this section is blue, in case you were wondering.
Don't worry kids!  You are halfway there!  Only 5 more hours to wait.  Okay, it wasn't five hours, but it seriously was the slowest moving (or, not moving) line I think I've ever seen.  Luckily, there was plenty of magical awesomeness to look at.
At long last we made it to the Big Guy.  The kids were very patient the whole time.  Much better than some adults that were in line.

Gracie had been psyching herself up for weeks for this very moment.  She was terrified last year and had been telling me over and over again that she wasn't going to be scared this time because "Santa loves me, and brings me toys, and is so, so nice."  I was skeptical, but look!
Yes, Santa, they've been good.  

Whew!  With that taken care of I can sit back, relax, and enjoy the snow.  Well, after the Christmas concert tonight.  And maybe after the kids' class parties.  Hate to have them miss out on that.  And, ya know, I already wrapped the gifts and bought the food and everything.  And maybe after we get up north so the drive isn't too bad.  And...



Tabor said...

I do miss all that chaos. My holidays are relatively easy these days.

Jessa said...

They had called to cancel school for tmorrow before I had the van parked from picking the kids up.

betty said...

Love the picture of the kids with Santa! Looked like a great display too to see him! Sounded like you had been busy too "wrapping" up the last minute things of Christmas; sounded like a lot of "loose ends" too with it. A white Christmas can be fun indeed!


Bijoux said...

Bruce the Spruce sounds like fun! We are supposed to get our pile of snow Friday night and my daughter has a recital, so of course, I'm worried. Not a fan of the white stuff! said...

Priceless photo...and memories, Kat! Enjoy every second...and every snowflake. We're expecting the same storm here in Ohio. I can't WAIT!


ps check out the cookie recipe I just posted on my blog. They're easy and wonderful...but you'll have to go to the store to get the candy cane kisses...or have Todd bring them home for you. So worth it!!

Suldog said...

That looks like an excellent place to see Santa. We had a wonderful thing in Jordan Marsh, a now defunct department store in Boston, called "The Enchanted Village". As you waited in line, you were entertained by various animatronic figures (not VERY animatronic, as it was the early 60's!) I always got a great kick out of it.

Kat said...

Suldog- That is exactly what this place is like. It has been around since the 60s too. It has little elves making toys and mice popping out of peek holes and deer eating. The kids love it. And it goes on and on and on. It is pretty big. It definitely makes standing in line more fun. :)

Unknown said...

Glad you all were able to get your picture. They look so excited and like they had a great time!!!

Anonymous said...

I ran around like hell yesterday, too.
But you? Were MUCH busier.
I can't believe Bruce the Spruce is still out there and still talking to kids! I remember that from MY childhood!

dawn klinge said...

I loved seeing these sweet pictures. My youngest told me that he didn't want to go see Santa this year, that he's "just write him a letter".
If I don't get a chance to say so again, I wish you all the best and hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

CJ said...

Hope you're hunkered down tight! We are also in Wisconsin and it will certainly be a white Christmas!

Kat said...

CJ- School was cancelled today but I don't know why. There is no snow (we are on the far east side of WI) coming down, just rain. And supposedly the snow won't start until this evening, if we get any at all. The kids are pretty upset because they had parties, and pj day, and gingerbread house making today. Boo. :(
When I was a kid school was NEVER cancelled. It had to be a MAJOR storm. Now they cancel if it might snow. ??? Hello, this is Wisconsin, people!!! Ugh.

Anyway, I hope we get some snow (not rain) for Christmas.

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