Don't you just love a good Santa Claus parade? Me too! But like all outings with children, when it comes to a "Santa Claus Parade", a little preparation goes a long way.
Here's a checklist that is sure to help:
1) Make the kids go to the bathroom before you leave the house. - It won't guarantee that there won't be a "pee" emergency, but it will improve your chances.
2) Arrive early. - A front row seat to a parade is the best. The kids can see better, and they are more likely to get waves and high fives.
3) Bring something to sit on. - Folding chairs are comfy, but a blanket works too... and it is easier to carry.
4) Bring your letter to Santa. - Santa's elves usually collect letters at Santa Claus parades. You can address them to Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0 (and don't forget to include your return address so that he can write back).
5) Pack a bag with cookies and hot chocolate. - The hot chocolate will keep the kids warm, and the cookies will give them the energy they need to make it to the end of the parade. (If the parade is at night, pack a few glow sticks too!)
6) Dress appropriately. - Around here this means "dress really warm, and don't forget to bring your hats and mitts". We also like to wear Christmas hats or reindeer noses for a little extra fun.
7) Have a great time! - ... and don't forget to wave to Santa and his reindeer.
Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)