With tickets printed, an evening where the whole family could participate, and two kids believing they were headed to bed - I disappeared and decorated the car. I had battery operated light strung through the garland above their heads. Ellie the Elf was in the car hanging out in the back on a strand of the garland. We had warm apple cider in all the cup holders and we had some red and green M&Ms to keep us munching. I brought out to the car our Christmas themed blankets and then Loving Husband and I switched - he got the car going with warming it up and put on some Christmas music and I presented the kids with their Christmas hats and their tickets to ride the Christmas 'Train' the Little Elf Express!
They were so excited to go! They enjoyed all their treats and Ace even made the cute statement "Mom, I won't eat too much because candy makes me hyper." :) Mae was adorable and was on the hunt for every snowman that she could find after seeing a giant blow up one at the first house we drove by "NOMAN!!!!" It was cute - she would just giggle so loud and full of joy it was so much fun to listen to!
At one point in the adventure we allowed Ace to give the directions - we give him options of "left, right, or straight" (sometimes only a combination of those three) and he chooses. He chose really well once and he guided us to an amazing house that was covered in a million lights. Bless them and their electric bill, yikes! We pulled over and let the kids unbuckle and take it all in! It was a good find and a good way to (almost) end the evening.
An excellent beginning of a fun tradition with the whole family! :)
The husband grabbed this shot in which he claims this captures the theme of the evening... aka mom with her camera. I have to say - I only brought the cell phone camera and I did not take many more pictures than the husband did. ;-)