It was COLD in Portland yesterday! In the low 30s but much colder with the wind- we felt like we were in the actual North Pole. (We can hear our friends in Minneapolis snickering, but we're not used to that here!) We made sure our little elf was bundled up:
We heard through the parent grapevine that Macy's downtown has the best Santa, and we were not disappointed! We'll save the official portrait for the Christmas cards, but here are some shots we took. See how excited Anthony was? He could hardly contain himself.
A little background on the Macy's in Portland. This is hard to believe for those of us from New York who grew up associating Macy's with "A Miracle on 34th Street" and the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but Macy's is not too well-liked here. Until a few years ago, the store now called Macy's was the beloved, locally-owned Meier and Frank. Until evil Macy's came in and took over. Thousands of Portlanders (including Anthony's Daddy) have fond memories of visiting Santaland at Meier and Frank and riding the monorail. Cruel Macy's took away the monorail, but here's what it used to look like:
The children would be imprisoned in the rail cars and forced to ride around the ceiling of Santaland.
After the photo session with Santa, we introduced Anthony to some reindeer, including Comet and Rudolph, and some elves working in Santa's workshop. He wasn't sure what to make of the whole thing.