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Begin the Holiday Season with a Tree Lighting

November 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

The Landing in Renton celebrates the holiday season with a Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 21st. The Tree Lighting celebration commences the holiday season and is jam-packed with fun activities for the entire family. This is what you need to know:

The Tree Lighting takes place on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. LIVE Reindeer, train rides for the kiddies, face painters, balloon artists and holiday carolers will take place between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All activities on this special night are free for all. Santa Claus is making an appearance at the Tree Lighting, so make sure to capture a photo and share your time with us on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @MySanta, or share on Facebook and tag Arthur & Associates, Holiday Photographers.

With Thanksgiving approaching, and so many reasons to give thanks, and give back, one way you can spread a little joy and cheer for someone in need is by donating to the Toys for Tots drive by donating a new, unwrapped toy.

If you cannot make it on Saturday for the Tree Lighting, your family can still enjoy the train rides on December 5, 12, and 19. Santa Claus will be in his festive cottage available for Santa photos up through December 24th.

Take time to enjoy the season with friends and family — it’s time to bring on festive cheer!

Santa Photos Renton

Holiday Fun at the Country Village Shops

November 13th, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

The holiday season is upon us and Country Village Shops has transformed into a magical and festive destination for families and friends to visit all season long. Country Village Shops has so many fun events and festivities to celebrate the holiday season, so grab your calendars, and plan out your holiday.

The Reindeer have arrived at Country Village Shops. Beginning Saturday, November 14th, you can visit Rudolph and all his friends from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through December 24th. The Reindeer will be lounging in the grassy area near Jantee Bistro.

Reindeer in the Northwest

On November 21st, visit Country Village Shops for their 2nd annual Gingerbread House Day! Join for one of three Gingerbread House workshops where you can craft and create your very own delicious Gingerbread House. Make sure to RSVP because classes will fill up. You can either call, (425) 483-2250; or email

Gingerbread House WorkshopGingerbread House Workshop

Drum roll please: Santa’s workshop opens on November 27th at the Country Village Shops. Santa will be in his workshop anxiously waiting for families to visit and take this year’s holiday photo from November 27th, through December 24th.

Hours and information can be found here:’s-workshop-0

Santa at Country Village Shops

We’re so delighted for the holiday season to get underway. Santa is extra jolly this year and looks forward to welcoming families from near and far for photos and for children to share their holiday wishes.

Mrs. Claus Loves Baking Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples

November 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Recipes Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

When Santa and the elves are busy preparing for the holiday season, I like to treat them to all their favorites for all their hard work. An all-time favorite is anything and everything apple! I stumbled upon this Apple Crisp Stuffed Apple recipe by Creme de la Crumb, and it looks so apple-so-lutely divine!

Holiday Baking


8 apples (shown in picture, fuji apples)
4 tablespoons butter
⅓ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Crumble topping

½ cup flour
¼ cup oats
⅓ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
First, prepare the crumble topping. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry knife, or two forks, or with your hands until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
Peel and chop 4 of the apples. Add chopped apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a medium sauce pan and sauté over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from heat.
Chop the tops off of the remaining 4 apples and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Discard the flesh or save it for another recipe.(See Note) You don’t need to get every little bit out, just enough to make a “bowl” for the filling.
Fill scooped-out apples with apple filling from the sauce pan. Top with a generous amount of crumble topping.
Place stuffed apples on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until crumble topping is crispy. Serve warm and top with ice cream and caramel sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Family Holiday Recipes

With only 8 ingredients — apples, butter, sugar, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, flour, and salt, I could surely whip these up in a cinch! Adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream will give it that little something extra. I cannot wait to try this recipe and see Santa and the elves’ faces as they dig into this delicious fall treat!

If you try this recipe too, I’d love to see how your Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples turned out. Instagram @MySanta or tweet us @MySanta your yummy desserts!

Top 5 Festive Things to Do This Halloween Weekend

October 27th, 2015 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

U Village Pumpkins

When Santa‘s elves have a little free time in the toy shop, what do you think they do? Mrs. Claus has all of the baking needs taken care of, and the reindeer are busy in athletic and aerial “Reindeer Games” training. Santa’s elves are left with DIY and craft related projects, as well as brainstorming activities for the kiddos and families around the Pacific Northwest as we gear up for the magical holiday season.

With Halloween being a few short days away, leave it to the lead social planning elves to find out where the best Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Trick-or-Treating can be found in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s the lineup, and thanks to Red Tricycle and Seattle Refined for helping with the research of these sought-after, spooktacular places of interest this Halloween weekend.

Pumpkin Patches – 9 Best Pumpkin Patches North & South of Seattle. If you haven’t been yet, get there soon as most will be closed after Halloween.

Corn Mazes – 10 A-maze-ing Corn Mazes

Trick-or-Treating – The Safest Trick-or-Treating Spots in and around Seattle (list includes U Village, Redmond Town Center, The Landing in Renton, Country Village).

Wild Waves Fright Fest  –  Includes BOOVILLE, a scare-free zone of Halloween fun for ghouls and goblins 12 and under.

Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum – Bring your costumed kiddos, 10 and under, for games, crafts, and tricks and treats.

Check back on the blog weekly for more festive craft projects, Mrs. Claus’ favorite recipes of the season, and of course the main attraction: the Northwest’s very own Santa Photos!

Warm Wishes to My Santa Moments in 2014!

December 24th, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions My Albums | Posted by Elf jennifer


First Christmas!

2 Girls

Secret Santa


Santa’s fury friends


You’re never too old to see Santa!

Straight face Santa

Serious Santa

Fury Friend

Santa’s fury friends 2

Happy Santa

Happy Santa!

An Elf’s Favorite: Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cookies

December 18th, 2014 | Filed under: cookie recipies helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

These little bites are the perfect escape for your taste buds this holiday season! Mrs. Claus makes these delectable treats for us elves when we’ve had an exceptionally busy day. They have a light crisp exterior and a gooey melty interior, and not to say they are most pleasing to the eye on any holiday table!


To make these charming treats all you need is:

3 tablespoons butter, melted

½ cup sugar

1 large egg

½ teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

⅛ teaspoon salt

¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Powdered Sugar

– In an electric mixing bowl combine the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.

– Crack the egg in and mix until smooth

– In a separate bowl whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt.

– Add the flour to the wet mixture sifting little by little, mixing between each add.

– Then fold in the chocolate chips.

– Now cover the bowl and allow to chill in the fridge for at least an hour, until the dough is firm enough to handle.

– While the dough is chilling prepare your baking pans by lining them with foil. This helps to prevent powdered sugar from sticking to your bakeware.

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare ½ cup of powdered sugar into a small bowl (you may need more but this is a good start).

– After the dough is chilled, use a spoon to form 1 inch balls and roll them in the powdered sugar until coated all around.

– Bake for 12 minutes.


Getting to Know Arthur & Associates

December 17th, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer


The family that runs and operates Arthur & Associates truly love what they do. Hillard, the owner and father of three boys, remembers as a small child experiencing the magic of photography and how memories are made. Hillard’s favorite part of the holiday season is watching others receive joy, knowing that they are making lasting memories of happy moments. Other tokens of joy throughout the holiday season for Hillard are the Christmas treats always around and the heartwarming music. Hillard’s favorite tune is “I’ll be Home for Christmas”, a song with lyrics that really state what Christmas means for him.

Now we all know how Hillard will be spending this holiday season; palin’ around with Santa, eating lots of goodies, and taking a moment to reflect every time he hears “I’ll be Home for Christmas”. What are your favorite aspects of the holiday season?

Share pictures and words with us on Twitter and Instagram! Be sure to use the hashtags #MySantaMoment and #PNWClaus.

Mrs. Claus’ Glorious Stuffed Pumpkins Holiday Recipe

December 16th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer


This is a beautiful and delicious side dish to add to your holiday feast and it is quite simple to make! Just imagine a few cute little pumpkins running down the center of the table, so festive! Really all there is to it is putting the stuffing into the pumpkins and then in the oven!


1 sugar pie pumpkin

1 cup rice

¼ lbs ground sausage

2 cloves garlic

¼ cup chives

pinch of saffron

1 cup swiss cheese

1 cup cream

1 cup water

1 tsp nutmeg

Salt & Pepper

Stuffed Pumpkin 2


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Clean pumpkin like you would carve it, save the top. Salt & pepper the inside to your taste.
  • Place pumpkin on a cookie sheet and roast for about 30 minutes.
  • While the pumpkin is roasting cook the ground sausage in a pan.
  • Finely chop garlic and chives and add to the sausage pan just before sausage is cooked through.
  • Add the water, cream, rice, nutmeg and pinch of saffron. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until the rice is cooked.
  • When rice is done, about 20 minutes, add cheese and stir until melted.
  • After the pumpkin is done roasting for the first 30 minutes stuff the rice mixture into the pumpkin.
  • Roast for another hour or until the pumpkin is tender to a fork’s touch.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, then enjoy!

Stuffed Pumpkin 3

Santa’s Christmas Village at Country Village

December 4th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa Claus is coming to town! Saturday December 6th will be a very festive day for Country Village! There will be laughter, warmth and cheer passed around as everyone awaits the much anticipated arrival of Santa Claus!

Country Village

Come sing along with a variety of carolers featured all day, visit with Santa’s reindeer, and snack on hot roasted chestnuts. At 7 o’clock Santa will parade through the Village on his miraculous Christmas float and attend the annual tree lighting ceremony.

Country Village

You can say hi to Santa at his workshop located in Country Village and get your professional photo taken with Santa, provided by Arthur & Associates.

Let the magic begin!


Lend A Helping Hand this Holiday in Redmond

December 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Saturday December 6th from 6 AM – 4 PM Redmond Town Center will lend a helping hand, along with King5 News, to make one of the biggest drop-off centers for Northwest Harvest! Come donate any nonperishable food items and help make someone’s holiday season!

Northwest Harvest

Photo Pinned by Jill Nystul

Afterwards, the City of Redmond will be holding their Redmond Lights celebration. This is a progressive light ceremony that will begin at City Hall and end at Redmond Town Center! Along with the lights enjoy music, refreshments and family activities. Don’t forget to get a picture with Santa at Redmond Town Center with professional photography provided by Arthur & Associates!

 Seattle Lights