Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 Christmas Tradition Adventure! Part TWO!

Read Part ONE here!

It was quieter than I remember.  Maybe because we were there a little earlier?  In any case, it was nice to be first in line for the train.  

Hayden decided to explore the Christmas decorations section, while Lucy, Camille and the little boys rode the train.  




It was Camille's first time.  And the look of wonder in here eyes was magical.  

My heart skipped a beat.  

Or two.




And then it was time.  Time to see the Big Man in Red.  




We crossed the train tracks and made our way into his secret office.  Joshua knocked on the door and an elf answered saying Santa was ready for us.  Cookie, his reindeer, lay sleeping on the ground.  With a bellowed laugh, he welcomed us in.  

The Reasons beamed and immediately ran over to start running off their lists and questions.  Oh the magical questions.  

How is Mrs Claus?  How are the reindeer?  Are the elves happy?  Are you paying them in candy canes or peppermint chocolates?

The assumed their positions and the photographer snapped away.  

Then it was time to go, and they said their goodbyes. 


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We made our way out of Santaland and spent some time searching for a new Christmas book or two.  Another tradition. 




Without knowing what was ahead of us, we chose "Russell's Magic Christmas


Along with a "hide and seek" Christmas book.

Then it was time.  Time to head to our next destination.

As we navigated our way through the crowds, we saw the twinkle lights in the distance. 

And it was spectacular!







I read each window (page) carefully and full of expression.  Five Little Reasons and Two Gorgeous Friends listening carefully.  Taking in each word.  Experiencing every sparkle of every window.



As I reached the final window and announced the words "The End" the crowd around applauded.


I hadn't even noticed the audience that had been listening to my every word.  A father thanked me for such a dramatic reading and the crowd dispersed. 

I turned to Brett and laughed.  I should have charged!

We then slowly made our way to see the Lord Mayor's Christmas Tree, which had only been officially "lit" just a few hours earlier.  




It was at this point that I had a minor break down.  Seven kids, three adults and a bustling city centre will do that do a mother.   




It was after the 2nd time I lost Camille in the crowd that I announced that it was time to end our adventure.  

Kids were tired, mama was stressed and I was getting increasingly uncomfortable in the heat and humidity.

We made our way back to the car, turned the air-con on high and drove  home.

It was hard work.  Really hard work.  

But there are Five Little Reasons why we do it.  



 


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3 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful and fun tradition.... I can feel the magic through your writing!!

    Funny that you said you were feeling stressed - 7 kids, 3 adults - big city!! Ahhh! Because before I read that you were stressed I was looking at the photo of you all waiting to cross the road and MY heart beat faster with anxiety at the idea of crossing the busy road with all of those kids and I was looking for Camille in that shot!!

    Oh those feelings of mother panic is all too familiar to this Mummy!!

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  2. You have me in tears..... that is SOOOO beautiful that you make the time to do this!! My heart also stopped when you said you lost Camille... oh how we all know that dreadful feeling. Thank you for sharing. Your family and children are just beautiful and a credit to their parents xx

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  3. So beautiful, you go to such beautiful lengths to create these moments and you made memories for others around you too. I'm being a total Christmas sook at the moment watching movies and crying and I read your last line of this post.......yep and I cried too. Merry Christmas honey.

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