We were given a pickup time of 11:30am, which was perfect, because I needed to run to the nearby Target for prescriptions and then we'd be back to the mall just in time. However, at 11:27am, we checked at the store and it was nowhere near done, nor was it at the front of the line to be completed.
We decided to do some mall walking while we gave them an extra fifteen minutes or so. We were not shopping, mind you, because A) I really do not enjoy shopping at the mall and B) I had two of my gift recipients right there with me and they're too old to stick things in the cart that they do not notice.
You moms of younger kids know what I'm talking about. Embrace and enjoy this time when you can Christmas shop with your kids right there with you and still surprise them on Christmas morning.
While mall walking, besides the shoe shine guys who asked me three times if I wanted my old tennis shoes cleaned up (no, I did not), we kept passing by the Santa booth. You know the one where kids in pretty clothing line up with their parents to get the official Christmas picture for the year? Well, we were actually on the second floor and the Santa booth was on the first, but we could see it down below every time we passed that section of the mall.
Finally, I was convinced that I wanted our kids to get a picture with Santa! They agreed that this sounded like fun.