There is something still magical about Santa even though I am waaaaay past the age of believing. When I was a young girl, as soon as we cleared the plates from our Thanksgiving dinner, I was already in Christmas mode and anxious for the arrival of the jolly guy in the red suit. I wrote him numerous letters, made him countless batches of cookies and waited in line for hours just to sit in his lap and tell him all of my Christmas wishes. Now that I am a mother of two, I have been blessed to relive all of those magical memories with my kids. My son is old enough to know that Santa is really his parents but my daughter still believes. She has made her list of gifts and I have checked it more than twice. She is definitely not naughty so Santa (aka me) had better be nice.
Thank goodness for Westfield Shopping Centers and their festive holiday celebrations. Westfield has long been a favorite of mine and being from the San Francisco Bay Area, I have my favorite locations out there such as Valley Fair and Oakridge. I have fond memories of shopping during the holidays and enjoying Santa events. The tradition has continued for me here in Tampa Bay and this year I have been frequenting Westfield Countryside in Clearwater. My kids have been enjoying hanging with Santa while I have enjoyed shopping my heart out. My daughter had a blast skating with Santa as well as writing cards to the troops.
On December 3rd, my daughter enjoying skating with Santa. It was such a joy to see her enjoying herself so much and reminded me of when I was her age and used to go ice skating at the mall back home in California. This was her first time and she was a natural.
Westfield Countryside did such a great job with all of their Santa events and I am already excited for next year. Seeing all of the children happy and excited to skate with Santa brought me so much joy. It was very relaxing for me to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy simple pleasures.
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