It’s the last adoption talk linkup of the year! Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year and last. Thanks especially to my super awesome co-hosts Ashley, Jill, Jenni, and Jules (it’s just now when typing that I realize how many J names we have in this little link up – J is a very sophisticated letter).
Since it’s the last adoption talk I thought I would share some pictures of a fun holiday tradition we have started doing… if it counts as tradition (we are only on year 2).
A few years ago I heard that Macy’s had a black Santa, I wasn’t huge on the idea of having my kids sit on Santa’s lap, but last year we finally decided to pay him a visit. Minus Mariyah getting her boot stuck in the escalator, we had such a good time we knew we would be returning again. This photo is from last year:
James decided to sleep in (then later asked if we could go again next weekend – because that’s what middle school boys do). He was missed, but the ladies and I still had a great time. We got to Macy’s bright and early this year. Some people were traumatized by the escalator, so we took the elevator to the 8th floor.
The line wasn’t too long, and it moved quickly. I kept my girls on their best behavior by letting them know that Santa was watching the surveillance cameras along the way. I made up a little song for them in line: He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been pulling on that red retractable line barrier, so keep your hands to yourself for goodness sake. I even used my jazz hands for extra effect.
They pretended not to know me.
We finally got up to see the big guy, and let me tell you, he is SO GOOD. Well, his mustache isn’t so good – you can kind of see the mesh…. but his demeanor is SO GOOD. The kids just love him. He is so sweet. One of my original qualms with the idea of seeing Santa was that kids wait in a long line, tell Santa what material item they want, then move along and expect to get it. Not what Christmas is about in our house. I love this Santa, because he asks the kids about the things they like. He chats with them for probably 5-10 minutes. He talks about the meaning of Christmas, being kind to others, spending time with family. So totally worth the wait.
Someone we know (but don’t like – ha!) said they thought it was “weird” I took Violet to see the black Santa too. As if any parent would take their children to see separate Santa Clauses. That comment made me super sad for them. Little black boys and little black girls across america sit on hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of white Santa laps. No one calls that weird. Why would it be weird for a little white child to sit on a black Santa’s lap? This is her face when she laid eyes on Santa. Not weird at all:
If you guys are in the NYC area, I can’t recommend seeing Macy’s black Santa enough. All you do is wait in the regular line, and as you get closer tell them you are “looking for Mr. Claus” (that’s his code name).
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