...which is how Noah and Harrison ended up meeting with Mr. Clause. Not one of his helpers mind you, but the real thing. Daddy's college held a Holiday Open House and invited Mr. Kringle to come down from the North Pole to visit all the good boys and girls. All day, Noah was telling everyone he met how he was going to see Santa. When asked where he was going, Noah responded with "The North Pole, silly!" Kim did her best to coach Noah through proper Santa etiquette, "when he asks what you want for Christmas, tell him how you want dog food." (Kim was clearly giving Noah a hard time, and dog food became an on-going joke throughout the day).
As we arrived at the open house, Noah began anxiously looking around, "oh no, Santa isn't here, I can't see his reindeer." Due to this revelation both boys were a little anxious about jolly Saint Nick not showing up. To everyone's relief Santa was inside, and Noah promptly asked where Rudolph and company were. Santa was quick to advise that the sleigh was hidden so that the cars and people wouldn't spook Donder, Blitzen, and friends. Additionally, we discovered that Santa's elves weren't able to come for the merry event to assist,therefore the Doane Tiger stepped up, this frightened Harrison, who was afraid the Tiger might eat him. Big brother did a great job of comforting Harrison, and making sure that Harrison was as far from the Tiger as possible.
Sticking to script, Santa Clause asked the boys what they wanted. Harrison remained quiet, choosing instead to grin mischievously, Noah answered with "My mom and dad, say I want dog food." The room full of my faculty and classmates erupted into laughter (good thing I don't know most of them) and Santa made sure to tell the boys that it isn't about what mom and dad want, but what they want. So Noah began negotiating with Santa about getting some new John Deere tractors. All was well, until the Tiger tried to give the boys candy and toys, Noah anxiously accepted, but Harrison had a small panic attack standing next to Santa all by himself (Noah had run off) faced with a confrontation with his arch-nemesis the Tiger. Good thing Mommy and Daddy were able to come to the rescue. The experience was great, and everyone had fun, now the hard part is waiting for Christmas morning!