We went out to my mom and stepdad's on December 23, the plan being to spend a few nights there to celebrate Christmas together. Step 1: a visit to Santa on Christmas Eve morning. I asked Maddie what she wanted to wear to see Santa, and she replied "Oh, something special!" detailing an elaborate outfit with multiple layers. Riley requested "regular clothes." I dutifully went back to our house to retrieve Maddie's clothing, and presented the outfit to her the next morning.
"Oh, Mama, I think I'll just wear my pajamas."
"Sure, Mads, that's fine."
Then Riley spotted Maddie's rejected finery. His eyes lit up.
"Oh, Mama! Can I wear that?"
"Of course, my love, of course."
So off we went to the mall, where the twins met "the real Santa." Their expressions in the photo do not capture how much they both truly seemed to enjoy the event.
It was a good start to a good Christmas.