This year Ma Ma Hessel tried hard to start a new tradition of dinner and church services before Christmas (and it would have worked perfectly had some illness not gotten in the way). She made yummy chicken and dumplings and we all attended a Christmas service at Morningstar Church.
For the past two years we've went to Bass Pro Shop with Avah's family to see Santa. It's never disappointing. My girl was happy to talk Santa's ear off, but didn't want to sit with him. Hattie on the other hand was happy to be help and was indifferent to who did the holding.