We took the boys to meet Santa last weekend. Oliver was all about meeting Santa Claus in real life and couldn't wait to get there. The night before, all he talked about was meeting Santa. I told him that Santa was going to ask what he wanted for Christmas, and that he didn't have to be shy, he just had to tell him what he wanted.
We even practiced a little bit. As crazy and wild as Oliver is, he does get nervous and shy at first. Especially when people are talking directly to him and asking him questions. I asked him what he wanted for Christmas and he would say some Star Wars thing. We decided that would work and now all we had to do was wait until it was time to go.
We went to Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart (if you're local - go here its all FREE!!) They had two real reindeer, we stopped to see them first and Oliver was confused on why the reindeer where there and if they were the same ones that were in our yard a few weeks before. If you're wondering the same, no they weren't - the ones in our yard were just regular deer!! While we were walking over to the train that Santa was in, he asked me which one was Rudolph.
Luckily we didn't have to wait long. And one of Oliver's classmates was there. Oliver was a little confused as to why Josh was there visiting Santa and not at school. I told him that Josh didn't live at school and that he was coming to meet Santa - just like he was.
We waited for the people in front of us to take their pictures and while we were waiting we practiced one more time what Oliver was going to say. He had it perfect, he wasn't nervous and said he wouldn't be shy. So our time comes, Ryan walks Oliver up to Santa, while I sit Landon down on Santa's lap. Santa asks what his name is, and Oliver just stands there - locking eyes with Santa Claus. So Santa asks about his little brother, "What's your little brothers name?" Again, Oliver just stands there, staring at Santa. No movement - I don't even think he blinks. Finally Ryan and I speak up and tell Santa their names. Now Santa asks the big question, the one we have been practicing for, "So Oliver, tell me what you would like for Christmas!" And he yells is "Death Star" over and over. Poor Santa probably has no idea about Star Wars and Death Stars. So then Santa gives Oliver and Landon a candy cane and a little bag of toys. Oliver opens his bag and yells one more time in Santa's face, "Death Star!"
The boys got their picture taken and we were on our way. Overall, it was a great time. Oliver loved the train and the reindeer and was completely amazed by Santa. Landon on the other hand, wasn't impressed!!