christmas in the city is absolutely beautiful. i love all the decorations around the city. there’s a never ending supply of christmas things to do too. i sort of wish we could keep the christmas decorations up all year.
trains at the macys window. the boys loved this. all the macys windows have a different christmas theme. of course trains won them over. i loved the baking one. they were all really cool!
we ice skated a few times. elle found a friend out on the ice and the two stuck together. they were so cute out there. elle was so brave and wanted to be out on her own without a walker. she did great. we ran into a few of avas school friends too and they were so sweet with elle, holding her hand around the rink and teaching her how to skate. i swear seattle is filled with the sweetest most helpful children. i feel so lucky to be raising my kids in such a great environment.
we made blankets for the childrens hospital again this year. this is another tradition we all really enjoy. ava was able to help me sew them this year. i love watching her learn a new skill and she enjoys sewing so much!
we stood in line for a good 2 hours to see the nordstroms santa. its a beautiful set up and santa was so sweet. but they told me the wait would be a half hour. the unlimited supply of free cookies and hot cider is so not worth it. i’ve heard that line can get up to a 7 hour wait. my kids were exhausted. we were exhausted and it was a school night. we ran over to pacific place to grab some chowder for dinner. heres a fun seattle tip for you -the famous pike place chowder down in pike place that has an hour long wait also has a location in the top of pacific place with no wait. of course its not in the market so if ambiance is your thing then maybe the wait is worth it. but if you’re just looking for a great bowl of chowder pacific place is where its at.
the pacific place santa doesn’t have a line at all and comes down when the snow starts falling and the music turns on. he takes pictures with all the kids. next year i know where we will be. this was a much more enjoyable experience. seeing santa should be fun not excruciating.
we went downtown for the figgy pudding christmas caroling. we had so much fun and got to sing along to all of our favorite christmas songs.
the downtown sheraton puts up gingerbread houses every year. this year was star wars themed. they are really impressive. that is all candy! the detail is amazing.
we opened our christmas eve jammies and the kids each exchanged their presents to each other. this year they drew names. this is the first time we let them open their gifts to each other christmas eve night and i think its a new tradition we’ll keep. it was fun for them to have something to play with the night before and it got the excitement going a day earlier.
some friends invited us to light lanterns and let them go over the sound. the lanterns flying in the sky were so beautiful and the kids had so much fun holding them and getting them ready to fly.
the market all lit up at christmas time. the fruit and vegetable christmas lights are my favorite.