Today, I thought I would make a quick dash out to pick up a few more presents.
I thought I would be brave and head over to one of our smaller malls, in hopes that it wouldn't be as crowded.
This mall used to be called Crystal Court and it's across the street from our big mall, South Coast Plaza.
Every year they put up this different kind of Christmas tree. It's three stories tall so I couldn't get it all in one picture.
The top is the tree top and a big Santa, then the middle has a little village built into the bark.
The windows light up and you can almost picture the families going about their day inside.
The bottom has a train going around and through the tree. There is snow all around and little animals hidden throughout.
It's pretty clever and it is different but I'm not sure if I like it or not. I think I'm more of a traditional kind of girl and prefer just a big tree with lights and ornaments and a star on top.
The mall was pretty empty and I found myself walking around and just enjoying the feeling of Christmas that was in the air.
The music was playing, people were in a happy mood and I saw this sign that pointed me to the man himself! Santa! I just had to go see him.
I saw snow and polar bears playing. I must be close to the North Pole by now.
This friendly guy offered to give me a ride in his sled but I told him I would just walk.
Then I saw it! A sign that said I was there. I was at the North Pole. I saw a house and wondered if I could have possibly found Santa's House.
I moved over a little bit to take a peek inside and there he was! He saw me. He waved to me and shouted out "Merry Christmas".
I gave Santa a smile and I waved back then I quickly walked away. I didn't want him to think I was stalking him. Nor, did I want to take away any time the children had with him.
A short walk down the way I notice Santa's Express was open. Oh how I wished I was a kid again.
But, I am an adult and so I had to leave the train without a ride.
I thought this was a cute idea. Brown paper packages tied up with strings as the little gift to your guest.
This table was all reds and whites. I thought it was pretty and could be perfect for a breakfast table setting or dinner.
I think I like the red and white look for Christmas tables. There are so many colors to pick from and so many pretty settings out there it's hard to pick.
What's your favorite color?
Once I did I noticed there were lots of decorations up there too.
Big wreaths hung from every entrance and there were beautiful big pots of bright red poinsettias everywhere.
Even outside was decorated with red and white flowers and larger then life size ornaments with hangers attached. They look like the Jolly Green Giant dropped one of his ornaments for his big tree and it landed right there.
I did get a few presents but mostly I just enjoyed the Christmas season in all it's glory.
I can't wait to get out the bigger malls now. If this little one was so full of the Christmas Spirit I wonder wonder how exciting the bigger places will be.
Now if only I would feel better so I could get my own Christmas decorations out...