Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dec 16: Downtown to Macy's Display

Since I have a train enthusiast on my hands, one of our most beloved Advent activities is to park at the Mall of America and take the light rail to downtown Minneapolis.
 After our 45 min journey, we typically meet up with Daddy (who works downtown) for lunch and a stroll through Macy's Santaland.  The kids love going to the sky cafe and picking out their meals!
 Then it's time to tour the North Pole.  The display has been the same for a number of years now, and although I was resistant to the (non-changing) change, I've come to enjoy it through my childrens' eyes.  They look forward to seeing the familiar scenes, and even spotting some new nook or cranny filled with elves and animals that they had not yet noticed.
 We really like the reindeer barn scene-- probably because Julie the Elf (the elf that writes the kids notes throughout the year-- this is NOT an elf-on-the-shelf thing, just something we do) works in the real reindeer barn with her Papa.  We like to imagine that the little blonde elf girl trying to pull down the floating reindeer looks just like her.
 Afterwards it's nice to stop for a sweet treat.  Yep.  Even Alex got to "cheat" and have a normal sugar cookie!

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