Saturday night was the Party's annual trip to the Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo. And the first stop of the evening was to meet up with Santa (in James' case - to make one last plea that he'd been good.)
He couldn't wait to sit on Santa's lap and tell him all about Happy (the Elf) and how he was really (weally) trying to be a good boy. So endearing.
Anna balked - she's still carrying her childhood scar from seeing this Santa several years ago when he freaked the ever loving daylights out of her by pulling a Hershey's kiss out of her ear. She bravely walked up to him - after turning around and saying/asking that Santa really just pretends to pull candy out her ear...right?
After reassuring her, she finally approached Santa - but refused to sit on his lap. And Jack? He was not interested in least in seeing the Big Man - which is funny to me because when they spent an hour with Santa during their annual visit with Grookett Photography - he had no issue.
And then we walked around the zoo and looked at all of the lights - took a ride on the endangered species carousel, and tried our best to see the animals (the majority of whom were sleeping or tucked away for the night.)