A little Christmas magic.

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
(wink wink)
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!


Haley K said...

Oh oh oh I absolutely loved this post! The beautiful photos and your writing that cane with it. :) Looks like your sweet little night owl had a wonderful time with Mama and Grandma! Yay for hot cocoa, Christmas trains, and getting hugs from jolly old St. Nick! And I would have loved to hear him say that he forgot to give Santa his list! Heehee :) We have yet to see any Christmas lights in person and this gets me all the more excited! Happy holidays Ashley!

Jeannie (Gennie) said...

This was such a magical night!! Hudson really got into the Christmas spirit but I think we all did. Hudson, Santa is waiting on that list!!!

erica[goodjobmomma] said...

love all the pictures! they captured some special memories! how fun for hudson! what a magical moment for him to experience.

Ashley said...

Christmas is going to be here before we know it! I loved hearing about your little bit of Christmas magic through Hudson's eyes. I hope he gets that list to Santa in time! ;)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

seriously your pictures always make me so happy....these are gorgeous!

misc.alaina said...

I am getting in the Christmas spirit early this year, and this post is perfect! Looks like a super fun event! We also have a town center like that at our Mall that has an outdoor caroling/light sequence show, and now I can't wait to check it out in the next few weeks. Hudson is such a handsome little guy, and it's so fun to see how excited he was!!

la petite lulu said...

That looks like fun! The smile on Hudsons face is gorgeous, I love how magical Christmas is for the kiddos (and parents too!).

The Early Santa said...

I am so glad ya'll went to this. You can just see the magic in Hudson's little eyes. I can just hear him chanting for Santa.



Courtney B said...

Oh my goodness.... what a PERFECT evening!! This makes me all the more excited for Christmas this year! I've been dying to pull out the decor since like June :) What can I say? This is the most exciting Christmas of our lives!! But Eric won't let me "skip" Thanksgiving :( Ha!
Hudson is precious!!

Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

So how can we figure out out to fit that tree into my living room?

Kira said...

Sounds like such a magical night for your little guy!

Sara Shoemaker said...

oh my word. darling. I live for fun little local events like this! You got some great photos, especially of Santa and those darling carolers/elves. I love Christmas!

The House of Shoes

Cindy P said...

That sounds so awesome! What a great way to prepare for Christmas! So fun! I hope Collin and I can go to our local Christmas tree lighting on Friday!

Anonymous said...

I love the carolers. That is probably the coolest part of that experience!!! I adore hot cocoa and Christmas and singing and snow and lights!!!
So fun!!

kyna... said...

I love Christmas time! Such cute pictures! And we have that same stroller...I LOVE it!! We went through 4 different strollers until we found that one...it's a keeper!
♥ Kyna

Meri said...

You look so cute! I love your winter jacket! I'm starting to get pretty psyched for christmas!

thedemuremuse.com said...

Love all the Christmas lights and decorations already up! I can't believe how quickly this year's coming to an end (I can barely believe that this week is Thanksgiving, let alone thinking about Christmas)!

Shay said...

That is just the cutest thing ever! We are taking Brody to something like this in a cute little town centre, but he isn't quite old enough to appreciate it like Hudson does:-)

Meredith said...

so precious! he will have such wonderful memories when he's older. & yay for snow!

also, i nominated you for an award over at my blog just because i love ya so much :)

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Ashley said...

We don't see much snow either here in NC.

So much fun!! I'm so excited for Christmas.

Love Hudson's cute little hat.

Amy @ AGirlCalledBeloved said...

Oh, Caroling! How fun! Not many people do that anymore but to me it's a beautiful part of Christmas.

yours truly, melissa said...

How fun for you three! I love when towns do special things like this.

Anonymous said...

How fun!!! This post made my heart smile!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh what great photos! You your mom and Hudson looks like you had a wonderful time. Looks like so much fun.

Kristal said...

Hudson is so cute! Great post!

Haley K said...

Hey friend! I hope you and your sweet fam are doing good! I just dropped by to see if I missed a post/update...but looking at these photos again gets me excited to have Brooks and Ava visit Santa soon :)

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Ashley!

Shauna said...

Hi love, just wanted to check in. I'll drop you an email. Hope all is well. Love,

Shauna xoxoxo

Everythings Always Sunny said...

addicted to your pictures, always love your posts!



Summer Athena said...

such special memories. must be amazing to be a mommy especially during the holidays.