One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.
I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones. I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.
As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.
When I was little we used to go to a Breakfast with Santa. We would get dressed up and go downtown to Meier & Frank department store. (OK, I am gonna be honest and say I don’t really know if that was where it was held, but that’s what I remember. It might have happened elsewhere and my family will correct me when they read this)
In a gigantic beautifully decorated room we would have breakfast and Santa would show up. We all took turns getting our pictures with Santa and telling him what we wanted for Christmas.
I don’t really remember the details, but I remember the magic and the joy I felt.
I later found out we stopped doing it because the event deteriorated. The last year we attended we didn’t get a breakfast, but a box with a PB&J sandwich, or something like that. Plus the quality of the event was more cheap then magical. My mom decided it wasn’t worth it anymore.
Last year I decided I had to find a Breakfast with Santa event for us.
I found McMenamins, a local brewery & restaurant, hosts a Santa Breakfast. I love McMenamins so I thought it would be perfect. They have many wonderful restaurants around town.
Both last year and this year, I bought tickets too late, so I didn’t get the location I wanted. The last available location was at the Crystal Ballroom, a magnificent venue for concerts.
It is a buffet breakfast, but a good one because McMenamins has good food.
Santa comes early and you can go up at anytime to talk to him and take pictures. They don’t have a professional photographer, you just take your own.
Then all the kids run around and have a great time.
I love doing this because the kids don’t have to wait for hours in a line to see Santa. I will visit Santa this way for as long as I can.