Ours does. It’s an annual tradition for as long as we’ve been in the ‘hood (at least).
The last several years, I have been the main social committee director for our 300+ home neighborhood so this event falls within one of my responsibilities each year. It’s so rewarding to see the kid’s faces light up as Santa walks through the door.
Some of them swarm him.
Notice Ryan’s feet aren’t on the ground in the picture above? That’s because he couldn’t quit jumping he was so excited.
Others are a little more shy and hesitant.
The neighbors talk and enjoy each others company, while the kiddos run around and enjoy playing together.
We make this a charitable event with a Toys for Tots donation from each family. Since Ryan is typically there setting up with me for these neighborhood events, he likes to think of them as his parties. He thinks everyone is there for him. So naturally, he also thought that everyone was bringing the toys for him. We had to quickly correct that and explain who they were for. Too sweet.
I, of course had to design some water bottle labels to coordinate with our candy cane theme.
I kept the cupcakes simple with white frosting and some red sprinkles.
The decor was festive and fun!
And each child was able to take home a little reindeer mug.
How do you celebrate the season? Are you children amazed with Santa this year or are they a little shy?