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12.15.2014

{winter fun} santaland 2014

This is another thing we did last year with Nonos, visit Macy's Santaland. This time the line was longer but both boys were so good waiting. Really, I was getting a little impatient myself and a little worried they may start acting up. But no, they both behaved so good and were so patient. We were very proud of them. I guess they really wanted to see Santa.
G remembered the place, as I mentioned it here. And he loved the big train at front and all the beautiful village inside. While we were waiting I explained to G we would be seeing "Papa Noel" shortly and that he could remind him in person what he wanted for Christmas. He turned to me and asked "Mama, Papa Noel habla español o ingles?" {"Mama, does Santa speak Spanish or English"}. I just can't with this little one. He's the sweetest! 
{I have to say the elves did a good job distracting people and interacting with the kids so the wait didn't seem too long}
 {G loved the train. He remembered it from last year}
When it was our turn to see Santa, G got a bit shy and I think a little scared. But we still managed to get some pics. We took our own pictures but I guess Santa was a little tired because he was not really smiling in most of the photos. We tried to see the picture they took on our way out thinking it may have came out better but the lines were crazy, lots of people, all trying to preview their pic. So we just left. After reviewing our photos in more detail at home we realized we got a nice pic of the four of us with a semi-smiling Santa so that would have to be enough.
{G thought he was allowed to pick a toy from the pile. Poor thing, his face was so sad when I told him that was only for display and was part of Santaland}
{of course G spotted Thomas on one of the windows outside}
We enjoyed the Holiday window displays on 34th street and 6th Avenue. And then took a short walk to Bryant Park to check out the Holiday Market. The kids rode the carrousel {L is too old for it now but was kind of forced by his little brother since G wouldn't go if L wasn't with him}.
{this kid of mine needs a haircut!}
{we finally tried the famous Wafels & Dinges...}
 {two words: soooo good!}
It was a beautiful day to stroll around the city. Although a bit crowded {but that's always expected in NYC} the ambiance was festive and the weather was perfect to be outside. Really, I think nothing beats Christmas in New York City. We look forward to making this outing a family tradition.
We all had a good time. Until, on our way back to the car, G saw a plastic airplane in one of those NYC souvenir stores and had a big meltdown because we didn't buy it for him. We were very tempted to buy it but that's one of the things in his Christmas list so we want "Santa" to bring it for him. And besides there was really no reason to buy him a toy. It was tough but a lesson. One of many to come.

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