Lakin doesn't totally understand the Santa thing and to be honest we don't really push it. As I type that I realize the irony of her outfit in the above picture. :) She recognizes Santa in images and books but I don't think she knows he comes to the homes of children to bring them toys. Apparently we've been slacking in our reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." She's also at an age where anything you suggests (with the exception of eating broccoli, pooping on the potty and taking a nap) she eagerly agrees to like the kid who raises his hand to volunteer before the teacher's even explained what for. So we talked up this seeing Santa business and she was all smiles before actually encountering the large man in the red suit.
We attended the Mayo Family winter carnival in the morning which was a nice break from hanging out in the house and offered us an opportunity to fill our bellies with unneeded sugar and collect tons of tiny choking hazards for the sake of carnival like fun. Lakin played the games, bounced in the bounce house (always a win, right?) and make a sticker collage that would put most other two-year-olds to shame. Girl can put some stickers on a page!
We did not, however, get a photo with Santa. When we caught a glimpse of Santa we were immediately fearful and I figured this was a battle that was not worth it. Is it really so bad that my kid is not interested in sitting and chatting it up with a strange man in costume?
Lakin was more interested in her neighbor's craft than her own. Hmmm...
After he was rescued the line to see Santa was impossibly long, Bennett had pooped right through his holiday attire and our little elf was in need of some serious nappage. So we saw Santa from afar and created some fun family traditions. So that's how seeing Santa went, for those who followed up.