Here's the little guy with Santa last year...
Here he is this year...
What a difference.
This year I almost gave up in line a couple of times. He was not into it at first! We walked up to where you could see Santa, but you weren't in line and talked about him. He waved to Miles, but Miles wouldn't wave back. Then in line he started to throw a temper tantrum royal! I couldn't distract him and all he wanted to do was run off. Finally we were next (there weren't many people in line but they were taking FOREVER). Miles was playing with a little car and I told him that I bet Santa liked cars too. After the little girl in front of us was done, we walked up and said hi. After more prompting Miles held out the car for Santa to see. He oh-ed and ah-ed appropriatly and took the car to drive on his gloves. Once it was clear that the friendship hadn't geled, I pulled out our copy of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." I told Miles that it was Santa's story, and I bet if he asked nicely that Santa would read him a page or two. As soon as Santa took the book Miles was fine going to him. He loves books so much. He never really did smile, but he did great!
Every night we read a Christmas story. We have 4 main ones that we cycle through "A Christmas Carol," "Twas the Night Before Christmas," "The Nutcracker," and "The First Christmas." Miles really seems to like all of them. We talk a little about the difference between the real Christmas story and the others, but mostly just let him enjoy.
Here he is "helping" to decorate.
So far everyone is enjoying the holidays, and looking forward to next week!