I thought last year was magical. I had no idea it would get even better. This Christmas season has proven to be the best ever now that we have a three year old! Since I love a good tradition, we took Liam (and Finn!) on the North Pole Express again this year! We read the book over and over again, as it is one of his favorite Christmas ones (and mine too!). The night before our train ride, I whipped up some hot cocoa with a ridiculous amount of marshmallows. We snuggled up and watched the movie together, just building anticipation for the excitement of the next day!
We grabbed our blankets, piled in the ol' 4-wheel drive sleigh, and headed up to the Heber Valley Historic Railroad. Liam absolutely loved it and I'm fairly certain I had near as much fun as he did. I love reliving all of the Christmas magic now as a parent. Conor mostly watched me watch Liam; two little kids riding a train to the North Pole together. The conductor punched our ticket, a chef brought us cookies & cocoa, and we sang our little hearts out. A potty break was necessary (Liam hit the cocoa a little too hard), and he tried his hardest not to lose his ticket while traveling between train cars. :-)
Unfortunately, Finn didn't love our little trip as much as mom and Liam. He was still mesmerized by all the lights, sounds, caroling, and visits from the Claus family; but only in spurts. His new tooth seems to still be bothering him, so he had his moments of fussy during the trip. Conor & I passed him back & forth between bits of chocolatey goodness and he wiggled his way through the whole adventure. He finally settled once we got home later that night after a quick stop in Heber City for pizza (as we did last year) and a good 40 minutes in the car with many a jingling bell from santa and too many uncomfortable tears from our little Finn.
This is a tradition we will most certainly continue (at least as long as we live in Utah) and I can't wait to watch the boys experience it again each year as their understanding and wonder of the season grows!