My husband and I took our kids and my sister to a live Nativity Scene at the Creation Museum tonight. We took our kids there last year as well.
I was thinking about it on the drive home - we haven't ever taken our kids to see Santa at the mall. I just can't see spending $20 - $30 for them to get a picture with the mall Santa. It does nothing for me. But...I kind of like this new tradition we've established. It's only the second year we've taken them to see the live Nativity scene but I wouldn't mind doing this every year with them. 1) It's completely free. 2) We are emphasizing where we want the focus for Christmas to be - on Christ rather than Santa. (Although my boys do believe in Santa - we could debate that one but it was never really a choice for us since we adopted them and this was a part of them from the beginning...it's not the worst thing in the world - but I do want to make sure they understand where the importance lies for Christmas)
After passing by baby Jesus, then we walked through the trails in the garden enjoying all the colorful Christmas lights and watching the snow slowly drifting down on us. It was a wonderful night spent with my family!