You know Christmas is around the corner when you have breakfast with Santa.
There are a few things we like to do as a family to get ready for Christmas: attend the Santa Claus parade, read some of our favourite Christmas stories, and write letters to Santa. Another favourite activity with my kids is having breakfast with Santa at Ikea.
Okay, so it means we have to get up early (8:00 a.m.), but at least I don’t have to worry about feeding the kids (they get eggs, sausage, potatoes, pancakes and milk).
After breakfast the kids get their turn to sit with Santa and tell him their Christmas wish. My oldest of course volunteered to go first. My son went second (he had made a picture at home the night before to bring to the breakfast).
My youngest wasn’t so sure about seeing Santa, but with a little encouragement she actually sat on his lap. I don’t think she actually talked to Santa; she looked anxious to get off his lap. At least this year she sat for a photo with Santa without gripping me right beside her. Each child was given one of those crazy little stuffed animals that only Ikea could sell.
After visiting Santa, while we waited for the pictures to print, the kids we’re given a picture frame, glitter pens, stickers, and stamps to decorate their frame. All three kids loved decorating, though my youngest two quickly lost interest and started playing attack animals with the toys they received from Santa.
And the best part of this, Ikea Santa breakfast only costs $5 Cdn per person. You can’t go wrong with that. Now if only we’d get some snow (that’s not included in the ticket price).