When the Mini Mes were very small they HATED seeing the fat man in red. I guess any new experience is a little daunting for a young child but even more so when it involves talking to someone they have never met before with a ridiculously long beard. They would cling on tightly wondering what was going on and I ended up sitting on Santa's lap on quite a few occasions to show them that he wasn't as scary as they imagined!
As the years have gone by they have begun to love the whole experience The grotto itself is usually spectacular with beautiful lights and displays and the one we visited last two years was particularly good with life-like bears, reindeer and penguins in a stunning cabin. They also liked the idea that they could choose their own gift from a lovely selection. Last year was Disney Princess and Cars!
I don't recall going to a grotto myself as a child although I do remember meeting Santa at my mums Christmas parties where all the family could attend and my Grandad dressing as Santa for my lower school's Christmas fayre!
We plan to go to the grotto again this year and the Mini Mes are already excited. I don't think it will be many more years before they stop believing so I like to make December as special as possible while they are still small with crafts, baking etc too.
I'm gutted that I know longer get a cuddle with the big fella too!
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