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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making Christmas Memories with Santa at Northwest Arkansas Mall #NWARK

I was compensated for this campaign by Northwest Arkansas Mall. All opinions are honest and are my own.
You're never too old to have your picture taken with Santa! All the Coller kids, from little 2-year-old Brenna, on up to almost 15-year-old Lynzie, gathered round the big guy this morning at Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville for a festive photo shoot. 

Even though we don't really do the "Santa thing" here at home, it's still fun to keep this tradition that both Jamie and I enjoyed as kids. Here are me and my brother getting our photos with Santa in Heppner, Oregon in 1984. Joe and I sure grew up, but Santa hasn't changed a bit!

It was easy to find the spot where Santa would be making his magical appearance at Center Court---everything was decorated so pretty and Christmasy! The kids were especially excited about this great big Christmas tree standing behind Santa's chair. This year, Santa is enjoying a brand new set and d├ęcor. Trust me--if you've not decorated for Christmas yet, this festive setting will make you want to!

Christmas Eve. 
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am - 8pm 
(break from 3-4)
 Sunday 12pm - 6pm 
(break from 3-3:30) 

As you can see, most of the kids were pretty happy to be posing with and sitting on the lap of a guy they've never met before...but you always have that one kid who just won't smile and cooperate. Ha! Oh well, it's a cute picture anyway!
There are several photo packages to choose from, along with the option to add a phone app to your package, if desired. The photos printed immediately for us to bring home. 

Near the checkout counter, they've got all kinds of cute frames, snow globes, and other products in which to display your picture. Lots of great gift ideas!

I had an idea for a frame using some supplies that I had at home, so I stopped by Claire's before we left and grabbed a couple of sparkly things to add to it. I found these sweet Christmas tree earrings, along with a hair tie featuring Rudolph, Clarice, and lots of pretty ribbons.

Once we got home, I grabbed an old frame, some scrapbooking paper, scissors, and a glue stick and got to work. First I covered the front of the frame with the pretty paper. Then I cut up the hair tie and removed the posts from the earrings. I glued them on the frame in a kind of cute/kind of gaudy way---and voila! Our Christmas 2014 photo is done and being displayed in all it's messy beautiful glory!

I can't wait to see your family photos with Santa this year! Make sure to leave me a link in the comments, if you have one, and let me know what some of your favorite Christmas traditions are. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

4 comments:

  1. I love the looks on your kid's faces!

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  2. My boys grew up knowing that Santa was an actor, but believe in the giving spirit of the the season year round. I'm glad your family had a great time! And making a custom picture frame to put it in...that was a marvelous idea! How festive and cute your family looks in it!?!

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  3. Cute photos and great memories!...Christine

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  4. I'm going to take Coen tomorrow. I am not expecting a smiling pic. Lol.

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