Photo Diary: Will The Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up, Please Stand Up

Wednesday, December 19, 2012











Yesterday I woke up and what did I see? Snow! It didn't last long and it didn't stick but it's a bit of a Christmas miracle all the same. We never get snow here around this time of year (when you really want it to snow). With serious motivation to get out and about with the snow falling and not to fall behind on my holiday agenda we set off downtown to take a visit to Santaland, a.k.a. the basement of Macy's. Now when I was girl Santaland was on the 10th floor and boasted a monorail train ride which took you for a few spins around the cotton-ball filled ceiling. The lines were long, but so worth it. I felt a little sad my kids wouldn't get that same "A Christmas Story" experience (without the kick the down the slide of course), but I am pretty convinced that the Santa we visited was the real deal.

We walked through the strange animatronic Santaland to get to "the north pole" and before I realized we were at our destination Luca had ran ahead where I found him and Santa embraced in a moment of magic that immediately brought tears to my eyes (and my almost-15 year old sons, Fishers, eyes too, it was that stinking cute!). Santa held him close and rocked him in his arms for about a full minute, at least - it was long enough for me to break out my dlsr and adjust the settings to get that snapshot. Santa just snuggled him and let the moment be and play out - allowing Luca have what was obviously the best meeting in his life (look at that little hand holding Santa so tight!). He then turned his attention to Milo and gave him a jolly greeting and they all sang jingle bells together.

Once they sat on Santa's lap for the "what do you want for Christmas" conversation the first words out of their mouth was "I love you Santa" and there was no politically correct aversion to this honesty of emotion, such as a hearty "hohoho" or changing the subject back to what they want for Christmas, Santa in kind held them and said, "Oh, Santa loves you two so much! You are such wonderful children, you have made Santa so happy with your visit today." It was so sweet and genuine I am thinking he just might be the real Santa. Last year on our visit to (fake) Santa the pictures I captured were of him sleeping on his throne while we were waiting in line for his "break" to be over. Not this Santa, he had a twinkle in his eyes and a heart that I am pretty convinced could travel the globe in one evenings time. It completely warmed my heart not simply because he was so kind to my children but because I am sure he makes every child feel so special and wonderful and I imagine there are some that really need to know that they are loved and will long treasure that kind of love being so generously shown to them. My M+L are still all aglow with what was for sure the best day of their life and constantly reminding me that Santa loves them. So if you are looking for the real Santa Claus I am pretty sure he is hanging out here in Portland in the basement of Macy's. I definitely made sure to let the elves know what a wonderful Santa they had.

After our magical little visit the walk out ended with a letter station to write letters to Santa which M+L dictated for me after drawing pictures (very lightly in pencil) of what they want for christmas. We ended the adventure with a little shopping and walking to take in the city's tree and decorations. I love seeing the city all dressed-up, and I really love seeing my three boys holding hands whilst walking down the street. How does that song go? It's the most wonderful time of the year . . . I have had that line running through my head since. Four year olds make Christmas extra magical and wonderful me thinks.

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  1. "I love you Santa", with your soft eyes and little smile and those real lines in the corner of your eyes!

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    1. he was a man with soft eyes and a soft heart. it was really special to just come across just a generous person.

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  2. Such a cute photo of the three of your boys! I totally love that you found the real Santa, there are too any bummed stories about him!

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    1. thanks, i love that photo too : ) one big, two little.

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  3. Okay, so I just cried reading this. Don't judge me! M+L's joy and absolute delight at meeting Santa honestly did something to me. I feel like the Grinch, my heart just grew three sizes. They look so happy! And that Santa is totally real. Look at him! Only the real Santa would be so amazing. I remember meeting Santa a few times as a kid and thinking it was just as magical (but also wondering why my mom made me dress so fancily for the occasion). Have your boys seen the movie Prancer? That was one of my favorite Christmas movies growing up, and the memory is still so strong. I might have to go watch it again after all these years! But first, I need to locate a tissue and clean myself up. I'm a blubbery mess!

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    1. seriously, fisher and i were looking on at the whole scene unfolding aghast and teary eyed, knowing we were in the presence of one of the kindest people in the world. he just oozed joyfulness i couldn't help but feel the emotion of it all. such a sweet man that santa.

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  4. Oh my gosh, what an absolutely stellar, amazing experience. I'm in tears looking at those pictures. What joy and complete, heart-bursting happiness you captured! I know you found the real Santa, lucky you. Your lucky boys too.

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    1. i love knowing they will probably remember that forever - hopefully he will be back next year!

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  5. Such a sweet story. And I love that even your 15 year old was touched by the moment.

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    1. yes, of course that made me tear up even more, oy vey!

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  6. You definitely, hands down found the real Santa. What an amazing story, and experience for your children. Seeing how thrilled they are in these photos is so heartwarming. Well, we have a (fake) Santa that we pass almost every day on our drive to the freeway. He stands on the corner, wearing sunglasses and spinning a sign advertising Christmas trees. Needless to say, he has my kids thoroughly confused. "Why is Santa standing on that corner wearing sunglasses and carrying that sign? Shouldn't he be at home making toys?" Uhh...

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    1. ha! i know, now i feel like i have to avert them from all other santas for the rest of the season!

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  7. This brought tears to my eyes too! Oh my goodness what a beautiful moment. I was never encouraged to believe in Santa as a child and I never did and that's something I don't regret. But the wonderful magic that he brings (especially this Santa) makes me so happy for all the children who do believe in Santa and get to experience special moments like this.

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    1. it was so sweet. i don't try to push the belief in "santa" (i don't discourage it either) but i love the idea of them believing in generosity and moments of magic and wonder. i think that's why i loved this experience so much, they forgot all about santa being the bringer of "presents" and were just so happy with his generosity of spirit and that is what i want them to believe in in the end - being kind and loving and generous. and this santa showed them that that is real.

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  8. I totally choked up reading this! The pictures and the story are SO sweet. I also just watched the old Miracle on 34th Street, and I totally think you found the real Santa!

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  9. That's my favorite kind of snow...the kind that gives you a little bit of excitement but doesn't stay for too long :-)

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  10. This is such a cute story! Love the photos too! The Santa looks like the real deal and really hugable. As a child I was terrified of Santa and would start to cry hysterically when placed on his lab, I have to admit I still am a bit but I don't even know why ;)

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  11. I remember the times when we'd go to see Santa and get small gifts. Nice memory.

    LUXESSED

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  12. What a precious post. It is so magical seeing the decorations and your kids visiting with Santa. I love these pics.

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  13. Oh my goodness this was so absolutely adorable - your little ones are too much! And good for Santa. I still love him and the joy he brings to so many kids. It's innocence preserved.

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