This Year’s Santa Photo Is Extra Special


How are we approaching December already?! It seems like each year is going by faster than the last.

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to take our classic Santa photo. Knowing how fast Christmas comes around, I generally like to get ahead and avoid the crowd by taking my girls to see Santa first thing after Thanksgiving. So, over our Thanksgiving break, I took the girls to Stanford Shopping Center out in Palo Alto to get our photo taken. But don’t fret, you can actually book your Santa Photo Experience online to reserve your time slot. 

As you know, I’ve been partnering with Stanford for quite some time now highlighting some of my favorite shops when I’m there. And this time is no different. I took my girls to Janie and Jack to pick out their Christmas outfits. It’s always fun and interesting to learn what my girls are gravitated toward to as they grow.

Naturally, Hayden, who is on the more cooler side vs. girlie, went straight to the new Juno Valentine x Janie and Jack Collection – a  kids line by fashion influencer Eva Chen inspired by her new book Juno Valentine and The Magical Shoes. Have you guys seen the collection or the book? It is so cute and adorable! The book also just got put on the list of New York Times Best Seller.  I highly recommend getting the book and picking out some fashionable pieces for your little ones for their holiday presents. (Shhh.. I’m actually going to order some for Hayden and Hadley right after this post.🤫

Since I’ll be getting the Juno Valentine collection for their Christmas, I tried to steer them away and have them pick out another outfit for the Santa photo.

They both opted for something shimmery, fuzzy and plush. Surprisingly, very festive! They did a pretty good job, don’t you think? Color coordinated and everything, haha!

On Hayden (top to bottom): Pom-pom cap // Velvet bomber jacket // Necklace L/S tee // Metallic skirt // Classic tights // Gold shimmer bootie  // Velvet backpack

On Hadley (top to bottom): Velvet headband in raspberry // Metallic dropwaist dress // Classic tights // Metallic knot loafers // Velvet backpack // Quilted peplum jacket (shown below)

Here’s another tip: if you’re having trouble picking out an outfit for your kids because there are too many options, I would try looking at their Shop The Look page. Saves time and still keeping your kids looking stylish. Their online shop carries up to age 12!

When I say there’s never a dull moment, it’s true. 😜  These two keep me and my husband laughing all the time. Sure, they fight and have their tantrums like most siblings would. But I find it perfectly normal and it’s just part of them growing up. At the end of the day, both of my girls give me and George so much joy! I tell them every single day how lucky I am to have them as my daughters. I adore them dearly and I am beyond grateful to celebrate another happy and healthy year with my three loves. As cliché or cheesy some might think mall Santa photos are, I’d have to say this is one of those simple things in life where I will look back and cherish for years to come.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you why this year’s Santa photo is extra special. So, this is actually the FIRST YEAR Hadley is not scared to take a photo with Santa! It took her nearly 6 years to get over the fear, lol.

She had always watched Santa from a distance and wouldn’t dare to go near it. But this year was a 180 degree turn. She was so excited and not shy to talk to Santa about her wishlist. We are, of course, thrilled to finally get a photo as a family of four. My quick parenting advice is that, as funny as those crying photos are, don’t force your kids to take them. Let them guide you and allow them to become who they are. They will let you know when they’re ready. :)

Have a happy and cheerful holiday season, everyone!

Xo Jeanne

This is a paid sponsorship post with Simon / Stanford Shopping Center. Clothing provided by Janie and Jack. All experience and opinions shared here are my own. Thank you so much for reading and supporting my sponsors.