Are you emerging from your turkey comas? I don’t know about you, but it was a busy and wonderful holiday weekend over here! Matthew and I returned to hosting Thanksgiving for my family this year, after taking a brief hiatus last year. It was great to be back in the kitchen, making way too much food, way too many pumpkin martinis, and enjoying the day with family!
We had Thanksgiving Round 2 with Matthew’s family the next day. It was definitely a gobble til you wobble situation!
On Saturday, we had a full day of fun first Christmas activities planned with Jeffrey. It was also time to switch on the Christmas tunes on the radio. I always wait until Thanksgiving is over, but now New 102 and Majic 105 will be cranking in my car until Christmas!
First stop of the day was picking out a Christmas tree. Matthew’s family always had live trees and picking out the tree together was a family tradition.
After picking out the tree (and a nap), we headed downtown to take in some of the fun of Winterfest. There was so much going on, but we thought our best bet for Jeffrey was to go to Tower City. We enjoyed the Toy Soldier and Fairy Godmother holiday show, featuring performers from Olmsted Performing Arts.
The show features an amazing Toy Soldier, as well as ballerinas, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and lots more holiday fun!
We also went to Mr. Kringle & Company for Jeffrey’s first picture with Santa. We chose the Quick Snap option, rather than the full Inventionasium (which I can’t wait to check out once he’s a bit older).
I cannot say enough about what a truly magical experience this was! You get one-on-one time with Mr. Kringle, in a room with just your family and the big guy. And this Mr. Kringle was extraordinary…so kind and just wonderful with Jeffrey.
I am very guilty of building up moments in my mind to the point where reality will almost never meet my expectation. Jeffrey’s first visit with Santa was one of those moments in my mind and this experience exceeded everything I could have imagined. I left with my heart full of holiday joy and Jeffrey covered in Santa glitter. What more could you ask for?!
Saturday was just a great family tradition day. I’ll tuck the pictures away to show Jeffrey someday and I’ll certainly keep the memories in my heart. He has given new glow to a season I have always loved!
We spent most of Sunday decorating the house. We’re all done except for the tree, which I’m calling a win in my book. The best part was setting up Jeffrey’s own personal tree in his nursery. I had a small tree in my room when I was growing up and I wanted to carry on that tradition with him.
I think he likes it!
How was your weekend? Did you attend Winterfest? Are you brimming with holiday cheer?