Visiting Santa with the kiddos at Stanford Shopping Center

Hands down the Santa at the Stanford Shopping Center is the best. Gracie has been visiting him since she was one year old and most of the subsequent visits L has attended, missing last year because she was in New Zealand.

So it was a special day to resume the tradition this year. Whether Gracie really believes in unknown, but it was clear she was happy to visit the Santa who has been her Santa for her whole life.

James, on the other hand, was all in. He started the conversation (yes, this Santa actually has long conversations with the kids, particularly when you’re not there at a busy time) by talking to James about the times he’d seen him before while James showed his all the previously years’ photos, including the one where he was howling. “So embarrassing,” said 6-year-old James.

They ended their Santa visit as they have often done before with a meal at Max’s where there are enough food choices for all, including James who has announced he’s a vegetarian…

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