My hometown has a cute, outdoor town centre called Bridge Street,
filled with upscale shops and restaurants.
It's always fun to go there,
but even more so around this time of year....
because that place really gets festive for the holidays.
My mom and I took Hudson to Bridge Street
to ring in the Christmas season
(a tad early)
on the night of their annual Christmas tree lighting.
After stopping by Barnes & Noble for some hot chocolate
and a special "Chippy" cookie,
we meandered down the cobblestone walk,
enjoying the pretty lights and the singing carolers,
until we spotted a cute little Christmas train.
We climbed on and zoomed around
through the thickening crowd,
past the glistening lake and lovely holiday window displays.
Hudson was in heaven.
The kind conductor delivered us promptly to the
humongous tree, just as the festivities began.
When the speakers began blasting Christmas music,
Hudson spotted children dancing beside the stage,
and HAD to join in on the fun.
We snaked our way through the huge crowd,
and he happily found a prime spot....
front and center beneath the glistening tree.
After Hudson joined the pint-sized people
in dancing to a few Christmas tunes,
the announcers got things underway.
Within minutes, children were chanting:
"Santa! SANTA! Santa!"
Hudson smiled at the thought of the big guy appearing,
and quickly began chanting, too.
To his surprise,
out came jolly old Santa Claus
in all of his Christmas glory,
flanked by some silly elves.
It was truly magical for Hudson,
and I could tell he felt so special to be
standing just a few feet away from St. Nick.
He could not stop smiling.
A few ho-ho-ho's later,
and the tree lit up with thousands of sparkling lights,
and before we could blink,
the most lovely thing happened....
it started to snow!
Yes, we are in Alabama.
And, no, we usually don't see much snow,
especially in November,
but with a little bit of Christmas magic
and the help of some very special effects,
snow is exactly what we got that night.
And if tour outing wasn't perfect enough already,
Hudson snuck close enough to Santa to pull on his suit....
which warranted a sweet smile and a great big hug.
We had a wonderful time.
But, as we were heading home,
Hudson suddenly thought of something,
and looked up at me:
"Mama! I forgot to give Santa my list!!"
Thank goodness Christmas is only just beginning.
See you again soon, Santa Claus!