After getting a new haircut and putting on a crisp “fancy shirt”, we headed to the mall to see Santa on Friday. We happened to get there at the perfect time, with only one other kid in front of us in line and no one behind us so Liam could have all the time in the world to chat.
I remember last year’s Santa visit like it was yesterday. Liam gave Santa a huge hug without hesitation and would have talked his ear off if there wasn’t a huge lineup behind him. We ended up going back again later that evening when it was a little quieter so Liam could sit and talk to his ‘best friend Santa’. He asked where the reindeer were and other such questions of wonder. I will likely never forget Liam’s joy in getting that extra quiet moment to talk to Santa.
But there was one other thing that will always stand out about that visit. I overheard this particular Santa giving another kid in front of us a little bit of advice, to make sure he reads every night before bed instead of watching TV. It’s simple advice that will take a child far and perhaps hearing it from Santa himself would go further than if it had come from anyone else. We visited the same Santa again this year and I heard him tell the little girl ahead of Liam the same thing. It’s something I love the most about visiting this particular Santa.
When it was Liam’s turn to sit on Santa’s knee this year, he was slightly hesistant and shy. He couldn’t find his words to tell Santa what it was he wanted for Christmas, just agreeing with some of the things Santa suggested he could bring (aside from Paw Patrol toys, which no longer interest him like they did and were met with a shrug, because who would turn down anything from Santa). Santa talked about how he would be going to school soon after asking how old Liam was, and to have lots of fun when he got there. The whole scene is just so sweet that it brings a tear to my eye.