Perhaps because the weather has been so unseasonably warm this year, we've had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. I kind of feel like halloween just ended, and yet here we are - only a few (5!) weeks away from christmas.
This afternoon we were lying pretty low with no real plans to leave the house, when I saw some adorable instagram shots while scrolling through my feed. It turns out that Pineridge Hollow was having a holiday open house, so we pulled ourselves together and hopped in the car. The kids immediately fell asleep, which is rather uncharacteristic these days, and as we left the city limits we began to see some dustings of snow. We woke the kids up and they were delighted to see snow - both of them ran out of the car to touch it for themselves.
And Pineridge Hollow... wow are we glad we came! They had beautiful indoor and outdoor displays, including hot apple cider, a huge cookie bar, a roaring bonfire, and a s'more station. I'll have to share some interior shots in another post, along with the ornaments the kids selected. We had the campfire to ourselves as we made s'mores and cozied up with festive blankets. The animals were decked out in their holiday best, and even Soren patted them. Every scene was perfectly set, from the christmas carols to the chill in the air to the crackle of the fire. I was particularly impressed by the thought that went into the s'more station - even though we were coming at the tail end of an extremely busy weekend, there was still snacks to be had and everything was clean and organized.
The kids are at the ages where traditions are becoming so important, and Soren was quick to decide that Pineridge Hollow must become a yearly tradition:) It was the perfect kick-off to our holidays!