LOVE this picture! This is our favorite event of the festival-Storytime with Santa in the Garden. Every year, Santa reads the story of Rudolph and leads the kids in singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" before posing for pictures. Then the kids are treated to hot chocolate and cookies and crafts. All for free!
We really enjoyed checking out WinterFest at Carowinds. This is the first time they've done an event in the winter and we had a blast checking out the Charlie Brown show, rides at night, and moving candy canes on the pavement.
Let the annual gingerbread cookie decorating commence!
On December 14th, we had the privilege of attending a Christmas program at 8:30 AM put on by Maggie's Kindergarten class and then return that evening to see Riley in a 2nd grade performance of the musical "The Littlest Reindeer." Both were stars on stage!!
Christmas Eve we went to the candlelight service at Calvary church (the mega-church in Charlotte) that had an amazing musical program and message and then we headed to Wan-Fu for our traditional Chinese meal.
And LOTS of silly socks for Dad!
I got some fancy sneakers.
The cousins had a blast playing together as did the grown-ups.
Maggie was excited about her LOL balls that she got for Christmas. These little toys fizz in water and reveal a small (and I mean small) trinket. They're all the rage this year, but I think it's the experience more than the actual toy.
Riley had to go somewhere where he had to practice showing reverence for one of his Boy Scouts projects, so I took him to my grandparents' gravesite in Fort Mill. It took us a bit to find it but we eventually did. Maggie thought it was cool to see who the name of who she was named after.