Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ho Ho Ho... A Giveaway!

Every year the Husband and I take the kiddos to see Santa. I have been doing it for nine years and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. It's our tradition. We have seen Santa in many different places and have had many different experiences. When Sarah was little she would cry, then she got older and didn't cry, but also wouldn't smile. She smiles now. Elijah has always smiled. He never seemed to mind hanging out... but that probably has to do with him never having to do it alone. He has always had his sister by his side.

Same was true for this year. Until I started telling Sarah more about the new place we would be going this year. 

I found out about the fancy HGTV Santa's HQ experience that only 10 lucky malls would get to host. It was not just Santa in a chair... THEY TRANSPORTED SOME OF SANTA'S NORTH POLE HEADQUARTERS SMACK DAB INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE MALL. 

They brought in the control panels, the Elf Vision, the fun and games, and a SCANNER! 

Not a scanner that showed weather patterns. Not a scanner that showed how fast the red sleigh could travel, but the scanner that could tell how Naught or Nice a child has been. Did you catch that, a real live NAUGHTY OR NICE SCANNER!

I told Sarah about that scanner.

It was the mistake that nearly cost me a nine year streak of having her sit on Santa's lap. The scanner was at the ENTRANCE to Santa's HQ... Santa himself was at the exit.  That SCANNER was the gatekeeper to Santa.

Well, I am proud to report that when we got to Santa's HQ in Modesto's Vintage Faire Mall, the closest Santa's HQ in all of Northern California, Sarah faced her fear and bravely marched right up to Scanner and smiled. It was a little bit of nervous smile, but a smile none-the-less.

Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep Scanning Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep

The results were nearly through the roof, she was topping the charts on the NICE side and it wasn't any news to us... but I could hear and see the relief she felt when she saw the results.

Elijah hopped on next, why wouldn't he? Sissy did it!

Low and behold... he was also scanned as NICE. Santa must of overlooked the time he made "snow angels" on the floor of Bass Pro Shop with his entire body as he through a fit. Or the time(s) he put a roll of toilet paper in the toilet. Good for Santa.

Dad even got scanned.... those results were...well...not as high. I have a nice but slightly naughty husband... Santa knows it, too. I don't mind.

But hey, this is just a sampling of my time at Santa's HQ... what you really ought to do is experience Santa's HQ for yourself! 

From now until Christmas Eve, HGTV will present a one of a kind experience for you, your friends, and your family! Pairing the latest technology with an authentic holiday experience, visitors can take an "Elfie Selfie" and star in their own holiday video, explore Santa's Observatory using Elf-Ray vision, test out the Naughty O' Nice Meter (the scanner) and enjoy a memorable photo with Santa!

You can visit the Santa HQ site to make a reservation if you want, but walk-ups are perfectly okay, too! The Modesto Vintage Faire Mall Hours for Santa HQ are as follows:

November 5-December 11Monday-Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12-7pm

December 12-23

Monday-Sunday: 9am-9pm

December 24 Christmas Eve

Oh, and to make it easier for at least one family to visit Santa's HQ in Modesto... I am happy to announce that MOM ABOUT THE TOWN is offering a giveaway! One lucky family can win a package deal valued at $46.99! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

To be entered, all you have to do is tell me what you love about Christmas. THAT EASY! Now, if you want extra chances of winning the photo package, you can also visit Mom About The Town on Facebook and give me a like, comment, or smiley face :) But this is NOT necessary! 

THE CONTEST RUNS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 12:00AM THROUGH DECEMBER 5TH, 12:00AM! Thanks to Rafflecopter, one random person will be chosen and notified the evening of Friday, December 5th by 7:00pm via email/blogpost ( so it is possible to visit Santa's HQ on the weekend! 

Ready, Set, Go!
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** Please be warned there is an Apple Store in Vintage Faire Mall, which is like a Santa's HQ for your tech savvy family members. We visited there, too.  It was awesome. Dang it.

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