Tonight Russ and I took Keith, Emma, and Will to see Santa (Stephanie was working in the mall, so she met us there).
Both Emma and Keith were so excited I thought they might pee themselves before we even walked through the door
Lucky us, when we arrived there was NO line to see Santa and he was able to take lots of time with all three kids.
And it was awesome.
Both Santa and Mrs. Claus were extremely kind with William, and took lots of time getting him comfortable and made it a great experience.
And for Keith and Emma…
never before have they had so much time to just
talk to Santa
which was a great thing because at first they were both starstruck and couldn’t remember anything on their lists.
The sweetest moment came after the photos and Emma was sitting on Santa’s lap and she pulled a bell out of her pocket and said,” Santa, I brought you this bell. I think it fell off your sleigh.”
Santa took the bell from her, asking twice first if she was sure she didn’t want to keep it.
Santa then asked Emma what she wanted most of all for Christmas and her answer…
“For everyone to have a blessed and happy Christmas.”
He then listened as Emma remembered and listed off actual toys for herself (and a cotton candy maker! What the heck!?) and then things her siblings whom weren’t there wanted and then she hugged him and got down.
While Russ paid for our photos and Stephanie took Will for a walk, Santa said to me,” Emma might be the sweetest little girl I have talked to all year. You should be very proud of her. I have never had a child ask for happiness for others as their gift before.”
Emma stood holding my hand, smiling, and I don’t think I have ever been filled with more pride in my little girl than I was tonight.
I love that she has such an amazing heart and love for everyone.
And I guess I better go buy that darn cotton candy maker, huh?