Shopping and Seeing Santa
Well yes, there is SOME shopping. It is sometimes exhausting work even when shopping at the Godiva chocolate store or getting to ride the Rich's/Macy's Pink Pig Train.
Santa Claus/St. Nicholas gets into the act as well; he peeks through the French doors into the dining room to see if we are naughty or nice and we've learned a lot about 'being nice.' We visited Santa at the Mall and Lucy dressed in her 'best' princess skirt. She wasn't sure she liked him close-up but later wanted to go back to see him again. We stopped by and watched other children visit and waved from a distance -- not surprisingly, he always waved back.
We are reminded of the Gifts which were given at the Manger and God's Gift of Love and so we've found small presents for those we love.