So, this was year two for Santa visits for us, and half of me was filled with high hopes that my little social butterfly would be all giggly, hamming it up, blowing kisses to Santa. The other (more realistic) half of me knew that the separation anxiety stage we've been witnessing lately might come out to play ... and ohhh, it did. But I will say this: there is no better Santa -- or Santa set-up -- in all of Charlotte than the one we visited! Santa was so sweet, kind, and patient, and even as my stage five clinger held on to me for dear life and refused to sit on his lap, we still got some beautiful photos!
Charlotte has a beautiful store called Blacklion, and they go all-out with their winter wonderland. Santa will be at the store on two more Saturdays -- December 12th and 19th -- from 1-4pm. You can follow them on Facebook for more store event information here. Seeing Santa is FREE, and you can take your own photos -- as many as you'd like! Additionally, they have someone there to snap photos for you at no cost, and they are emailed to you afterwards. It's just too good!
Camille (and her friend, Ella!) both had on bonnets from The Tipsy Bunny, and Camille also wore a bow that I made her. I have recently added a few boys to our Etsy shop (here)! The smocked dress she is wearing was bought at a consignment store, and she is wearing Freshly Picked snakeskin moccasins.
Before we left, we shopped around at some of the booths in Blacklion. They have the most gorgeous holiday set-ups ... tons of great gifts, and lots of decoration inspiration!
I especially loved these vases where you can add twigs and flowers to make up the deer antlers. I found a smaller but similar one on Amazon for anyone that is in the market and not near Charlotte -- here!
Thanks again to this sweet Santa for making our second "Ho Ho" visit a memorable one. We loved seeing the man in red ... well, at least one of us!
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CHARLOTTE READERS! Blacklion gave me a $25 BLACKLION gift card to raffle off on this blog! Please comment here that you'd like to be entered in the drawing -- I will announce the winner's name on Friday. :) Thank you, Blacklion!