The Magic of Christmas

by Tina @ Life Without Pink on December 3, 2010

Already this year is turning out to be the best holiday season so far. It has a lot to do with the fact that my 4 1/2 year is at the perfect age and truly believes in everything about Christmas from Buddy the Elf, Reindeer that appear in our backyard to Santa…it is so much fun!

Last weekend we took our second trip to the Strasburg Railroad {Lancaster, PA} to board Santa’s Paradise Express. The last few months, my boys have really shown an interest in trains and they are always excited for the opportunity to ride on a real one.

This time of the year is so special.

Santa himself climbed on board and stopped to say hi to each of the families as we traveled down the tracks. Not only do the kids get to see Santa but he also gives them a special little treat which the boys still treasure.

There is something so magical about seeing your child’s eyes light up when they see Santa. Both boys were in awe of the big guy and they talked about meeting him all afternoon.

When I see how excited they are it literally makes me want to cry inside. A happy, proud cry of course.

The holidays are all about the family…starting family traditions, giving back to our community, visiting friends and family….I absolutely love everything about it.

The day that the boys don’t believe in Santa anymore, I’m going to be devastated.

But for now, I am soaking up every moment I can with them and I love seeing the world through their eyes.

The day was absolutely perfect and a great way to kick off the holiday season!



Meet Tina @ Life Without Pink

2013 Family Expert for P&G's Have You Tried This Yet? Trend Trio, Tina is a mom of two active boys and the founder of Life Without Pink, a personal lifestyle blog focused on parenting, and raising boys to give other parents inspiration. You’ll find everything from cool gadgets, daily adventures, to personal stories and tips for raising boys. She's also the co-founder of Girls' Lunch Out {GLO}, a social media network that hosts events for women in social media and the Influencer Strategist for Socialstars by Crowdtap.

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1 Devan @ Accustomed Chaos December 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Looks like so much fun! I dont like to get into too much Christmas stuff until after my sons b-day so he can feel special but he would SO have loved a train ride!!

I am so excited for the holidays this year because the kids are at the PERFECT age to get really excited about everything!

LOVE the photos!
.-= Devan @ Accustomed Chaos´s last blog ..Gluten Free Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Marshmallow Cookies just like Viva Puff Cookies =-.


2 Angel December 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I love the pic of Santa. I wish we had something like that around here. Who says they have to stop believing in the magic of Santa? When they get too big then explain that the truth is he is about love. The love of one for another and the desire to see them happy. That is a magic that can occur everyday if we try not just once a year
.-= Angel´s last blog ..My 3 words =-.


3 Mel @ Table For Two and a Half December 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I honestly cannot wait until my little guy is old enough to go to the railroad. He’s obsessed with trains, but at 15 months he’s currently just a little weary of Santa. I love watching kids just light up when it becomes this time of year, and I know it will be so exciting when we get to be a part of that magic.


4 Nolie December 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I wish we had something like that here. Little Man LOVES trains and this year is right into Santa. He asked me the other day to phone Santa so we did. He is always plugging in our tree and staring at it. This is the first year he is all about Christmas and I love it. We need to cherish every moment as before we know it they will no longer believe.
.-= Nolie´s last blog ..All About Nolie – Day 18 =-.


5 Jennifer G. December 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm

My 4-year-old woke me up this morning to tell me that Santa’s reindeer were in our backyard. Funny to hear other boys notice the same thing.
We took the boys to the Strasburg Railroad this past summer. They loved it, but I bet it’s even better at Christmas time!


6 Jaksgirl December 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Christmas really is all about the joy in a childs eyes or theirs squeal of delight when they see Santa isn’t it? Boys do squeal too for the record, that’s not reserved for little girls… or was that just at my house (when my boys were younger)?
We have to take the time to soak up the moments with our children and all our loved ones, don’t let them slip away!
Thanks for sharing your heartwarming moments!


7 Anne December 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

That train ride looks like SO much fun. What a blast. There is something about Christmas with kids that makes it all the more magical. We have a little train here in Los Angeles that takes the kids on a ride to go see Santa. We may just have to try it. Unfortunately my 8 year old has figured out that all these Santas at the malls and parties and on trains are just different people dressed up to look like Santa. It was a VERY sad day when she told me she knew Santa wasn’t real. I figure we have one year left with my 6 yr old!


8 heidi @ wonder woman wannabe December 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Oh, what fun! Before we moved from Arkansas we also had the treat available to us of riding on a Christmas train ride with Santa. My boys LOVED it, especially my 2 yr old. Even though he was only 1 1/2 the first time he rode, he still remembers it and asks to go for a ride on the train!

I’m looking forward to finding new holiday traditions to partake in our new town of Minneapolis!


9 Michelle December 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm

How fun! I love that look of awe and excitment in their eyes when they see Santa. My youngest still has it, my oldest not so much. Oh well, I guess they have to grow up whether you want them too or not.


10 Shell December 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Wow! That looks amazing! My boys would love that.

I don’t even want to think about when my boys dont’ believe any more.
.-= Shell´s last blog ..Blog Friend Feature- One of the Funniest Bloggers Ever =-.


11 Glamamom December 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

How cool! Beautiful photos. I totally know what you mean. My heart melts several times a day….especially around holidays :)


12 liz December 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

what an awesome experience! plus, it seems like every little boy is obsessed with trains!
.-= liz´s last blog ..Word Up Yo!- Layover Edition =-.


13 Mommyfriend December 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Sounds perfectly magical! My kids would have adored this! What a wonderful memory for all of you.


14 Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation December 6, 2010 at 12:40 am

SO MUCH FUN! I love the holiday season. My kids are WAY INTO trains! Lucky boys!
.-= Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation´s last blog ..A Good Lookin’ Family =-.


15 Ginger December 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

My boys would ADORE that. Wish we had something like that in San Diego!

Nobody ever told me (before I had children) these little moments with kids would be so magical, but also how hard it can be to experience disappointment for them and watch them learn “real life.” Like Santa. When my boys stop believing, I will be so sad.

I guess we have to enjoy it while we can, right?! :)
.-= Ginger´s last blog ..The problem with fairy dust… =-.


16 Charlotte December 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

That is so sweet, it makes me all teary-eyed. Awwww!!! What a great activity to do with the kids this time of year. I want to ride on the Santa Express, too!
.-= Charlotte´s last blog ..It took me a long time to get back on the train =-.


17 Nona Mills December 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Sounds perfectly magical! My kids would have adored this! What a wonderful memory for all of you.


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