A Polar Express Christmas (for my Five Year-Old)


This December has been magical.  We started counting down the days to Christmas with our advent calendar, and Tootie (our Elf on the Shelf) appeared on December 1st to delight us all as we spent each morning trying to find him.

We met Santa early this year (on the Santa Express), and Lewie told him he wanted a Polar Express Train with two passenger cars and a plug.  (He, of course, was describing the Lionel train set he saw on the computer.)  Then, just in case Santa forgot, I helped Lewie craft a nice letter to Santa, complete with pictures of this train set.  (His very specific request reminded me of Ralphie from A Christmas Story.)

On Christmas Eve, we made sure to bake cookies for Santa and leave out some carrots for his reindeer.  Then it was off to bed...

Cookies were eaten even before Santa arrived...

We heard lots of noises in the middle of the night, but it only made sense because when we woke up, right before our eyes was a Lionel Polar Express train set up right underneath our Christmas tree... 

Not only that, but there were gifts and even a note to walk next door to Grammy's house...It appeared that Santa left Lewie a wooden train table with a little Polar Express set to play with too.  Tootie reported there wasn't enough room on our side, so Santa knew Grammy wouldn't mind having this very special surprise at her house.
Santa's intricate work.  (Notice how he tried to create a "snow scene" with trees and houses too.)

A sky view of the train table.

The wooden Polar Express train...

Pure excitement!

Board games are a hit around here too!

Loving the table at Grammy's house...

No more pictures.  It's time to play!

"Okay, one more picture with Daddy, but then that's it!"
Yes, Santa and his elves worked very hard through the night setting up train tracks for this little boy that LOVES trains and The Polar Express.  Yes, in this house "the bell still rings for [us], as it does for all who truly believe."

Lewie w/ his remote to the Polar Express train.  He's been living under the Christmas tree now for the past several days.

I hope all of you had a very blessed, wonderful, and magical Christmas.  Tis the season for love, gratitude, remembering our loved ones, and paying it forward.  XOXO.


  1. It looks like you guys had a very wonderful Christmas! Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  2. Cool! Those are some incredible trains. Isn't it so fun when something so simple puts a smile on their face for days and days? Merry Christmas!


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