Ho, ho, whoah!

We drove around town looking at holiday lights with our friends Sunday night. The kids were really good, and they enjoyed watching A Christmas Story on Howie’s laptop when the lights got a little boring. The big highlight of the trip, totally unplanned, was great fun.

As we pulled around a cul-de-sac, who should appear coming out the door of a house than the Jolly Old Elf himself! Evidently, Santa was on hand at a Christmas gathering at this house, and he was on his way out. Little faces peered out from the home’s entryway as he exited. A lady came outside with him, camera still in hand.

I rolled down the window and called out, “Oh, Santa! We have some children in the van who would love to meet you!” He waved and walked over to us, peering in the side door we’d opened. After a hearty “Ho, ho, ho!” and a few vital questions like “have you been good?”, he produced some Tootsie Roll Pops from his bag and bestowed one on each child.

Gracie, who just turned two on Saturday, was especially smitten. Every so often, her Grace-babble was interjected with “Sanda…Sanda”. It was so cute to see them all excited about him. I know we all were!

I think the best things in life happen unexpectedly. This chance meeting of St. Nick was so much better than standing in line at the mall. We were all just delighted.

After the kids were in bed, we adults enjoyed Will Ferrell in 2003’s Elf. What could have been a really bad Christmas movie was actually kind of cute. I don’t think it’s a classic, exactly, but it was cute. That Zooey Deschanel really does have a great voice…I love hearing her do the “Baby it’s Cold Outside” duet with Leon Redbone. That would be a fun soundtrack to own. Nice article about Deschanel and the song may be read at IGN.com, by the way.

So, Santa, wherever you are….Thank you for taking time to stop by and say hi to these kids before you headed back to the workshop.

Oh, and we have some snow on the ground. Just a smidgen, but we may have more on the way before Christmas. Yippee!