Every year for as long as I can remember, I have taken my family to the Bartow Pell Mansion to visit Santa. It has become a family tradition for my girls and my niece and nephew to take a photo with my parents each year – A Grandchild Photo. Every Christmas season, I bring out the photos put in order to see how everyone has grown.
Since this visit is early in the season, I need to think of holiday outfits pretty quickly. I thought this year, we should dress up and Chasing Fireflies was the perfect place for me to find beautiful dresses for all of my girls. When looking through the catalog, we immediately loved the idea of a Silver and Gold connection to their outfits.
When we arrived at the mansion, my youngest did not delay. She went right to Santa’s room. Would you believe that he knew exactly who she was? She handed him her letter and he took great care in reading her newly formed 4 yr. old words.
The hands on the hips represent her reaction to Santa asking who Elsa on her list is? Silly Santa! Frozen!
It was a happy occasion and great time for bonding before the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season.
When it was our family’s turn, each girl shared their wishes for Christmas presents and Santa wholeheartedly listened.
This ensemble was a first pick. She loved this Silver Lace Dress from the minute she saw it.
After a visit with Santa, it was time for some ornament making and crafts.
These beaded ornaments have become a new addition to our tree each year.
For a more grown up look, my oldest chose this silver Sequin Dress & Shrug Set.
What I like most is that all three girls bonded and had a great time. That is the one gift I need – peaceful moments!
After crafts, we headed upstairs to see the beautifully adorned Christmas trees in each of the mansion rooms.
I love to see how they decorate the trees each year – just spectacular!
Right before it was time to leave, we spotted Santa heading up to take a cookie break and headed back down to say good bye.
This day was definitely another great family memory at the Bartow Pell Mansion!
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