Each holiday season, the department store (Daytons, Marshall Fields, Macys---the name changed a few times!) came out with a new display. The magic took place on the 8th floor and kids and adults alike gazed in pure wonder at the twinkle lights and the magnificent costumes and props.
I remember the first year we went. The lines were crazy to get in. The kids were small, but we were determined. It must be good if people stood in line for literally hours! And that is exactly what we did. For two hours, we made our way from one floor to the next,wondering if it would all be worth it. Indeed, it was. So very worth it. The tradition had begun. We were treated to a Dickens Christmas. We were hooked.
Think of it like opening a book, only you get to walk through it instead of turning the pages. Below are a few examples of stories we have seen throughout the years.
Sadly, the past few years the story has stayed the same. A Day In The Life of an Elf. The above photo shows the elves at work in one of a dozen or so vignettes. It really is a sight to behold. The artists work hard to bring the story to life. Even if it is the same one! Honestly though, we are bummed! We have seen such classics as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol...the list is endless. We very much looked forward to the surprise of which story it would be that year. But, all good things must come to an end. Yes, it is the same one again this year, but we will go, regardless. It's tradition!
My kids are still looking forward to going.
Do you have any traditions that you must do each year?