Here comes Santa Claus….

by DanicasDaily on December 1, 2012

Here Comes Santa Claus….ok, so how many of you starting to sing it?! It’s ok, you can admit it lol.  We have had such a fun and festive day today officially kicking off the Holiday Season with two great events….Stopping to check out Santa on his Macy’s Whirlwind National Tour and The Husband’s work holiday party.

I agreed to partner with Macy’s to promote Santa’s National Tour because it is for a fantastic cause.  Macy’s encouraged every single kid to write a letter to Santa, addressed to the North Pole and they donated $1 per letter to the kids at Make A Wish Foundation up to $1 Million dollars.  Not only that, but, Macy’s brought in an entire group of Make A Wish kids just so they could tell Santa all their Christmas Dreams….you gotta love that!


This morning started off facing the scales at our Weight Watcher’s meeting.  The awesome news is I lost 4 lbs!!! BUT, that is only after gaining 5.8 lbs from our Jamaica vacation.  Only 1.8 lbs to go to get back to square one….Not to bad for all the delicious food we ate for 8 days.

We grabbed Healthy Egg Rolls after the meeting and headed over to the Sacramento Down Town Plaza Outdoor Mall. (SF + 1 WPA) – 4 points+


LOVE!!! The Husband with our adorable niece and nephew!


We all fueled up at Panda Express before heading over to see Santa.  I picked my two favorite chicken dishes with 1/2 steamed rice and 1/2 steamed veggies.

Spicy Kung Pao (SFL) – 7 points+


And, guess what??? Fire Cracker Chicken is back!!! I was so excited when I saw this. Simply Filling Like (SFL) – 6 points+


After lunch, our “tour guides” led us over to Macy’s for the National Santa Tour!


Stop #1 the Believe Santa Mail Box to make sure our letters counted towards the Make A Wish Donations.


My adorable nephew only wanted to write I LOVE YOU to Santa….after a little coaxing, he picked a few wants Smile


On the other hand, my super cute niece, hopped on the computer and started typing away….she can ramble on the way I do ~ it totally runs in the family Winking smile


So cute! Seriously….I could sit here and watch like every single little kid drop their letters in the box.


Macy’s knows how to host a party and keep all the kids entertained while they wait for Santa to arrive.  There was a balloon maker…..


And a face painter….


Plus snacks complete with hot chocolate!  I totally told the guy he needed to have MILK for his cookies because that is how Santa eats his cookies Winking smile 


First on the scene was Veronica to share her story of travelling across the country with Santa.


Then, Santa “slid” up on the elevator greeting everyone.


Santa and his elves gathered all the kids in a circle around him and read T’was The Night Before Christmas to all of them.  I love how intense all their faces are!


After the reading, Santa took pictures with the kids, starting with the Make A Wish Foundation kids.  Macy’s & Make A Wish picked Emily to make her Christmas dreams come true this year by going on a cruise (out of the rain) ~ she is such a doll.


Our little “ham” ~ he had quite the conversation with Santa when he was up there Winking smile


If you all have kids, I encourage you all to have them write letters to Santa and to check out Santa’s Schedule.  Santa is travelling to all the Macy’s all over the US. It is free to attend and free to snap a picture with Santa, but, you help millions of kids all over.  The tour schedule can be found here.

We had a little bit of down time before we changed outfits again (for the 3rd time today!) to head out to the Buckhorn Steakhouse for The Husband’s work holiday party.


The inside was decorated just as festive as the outside.


My 0 points+ drink of the night ~ Club Soda with Lime.


Starters ~ hot sour dough bread, butter & wine!  Isn’t that wine holder so cool? I totally wanted to drink wine just to pour out of it Open-mouthed smile


I was excited to try the Calamari because it was called Diavolo Calamair…..I had 2 pieces.  I liked the cherry peppers in it, but, it needed sauce as there wasn’t really any spice.


Salad with ranch on the side (SF + 3 WPA) – 3 points+


I absolutely LOVE the Beef Brochette and get it almost every single time we go.  It is one big teriyaki sirloin skewer that includes grilled peppers, onions and pineapple. (SF) – 5 points+


Plus a baked potato with all the fixin’s on the side so I can ignore them.  This potato is so good with the salt, pepper and teriyaki sauce.  I only managed about half of it. (SF) – 3 points+


But, I totally ate all my butternut squash and The Husband’s too.  Everyone thought I was crazy to be excited to eat butternut squash….but, I’d rather have that then steak any day! (SF)


I honestly did not have any room left for dessert, but, I did take two bites of this Lemon Berry Cake with Mascarpone Lemon Cream in the middle.  It totally reminded me of Starbuck’s berry coffee cake, but, lighter.


Thank you all for the incredibly nice comments for my family & my grandma on my post yesterday….Each one meant so much to me and I love you all – seriously! 

I will catch up with you tomorrow with my 12 week Active Link Challenge conclusion, what’s next, my weekly menu & if time, another giveaway.

Night all!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Gail H. December 2, 2012 at 4:37 am

LOVE, love, love Macy’s! Looks like a fabulous time was had by all!! I have that exact wine decanter, lol, and I just love looking at it :) I’m anxious to read about your AL Challenge conclusion, since I’m still fighting with mine to give me at least 1 AP, and of course I look for to your weekly menu, as always!


Gail H. December 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

Just HAD to come and and let you know that I just made the Healthy Egg Rolls for us for a quick breakfast!! Oh my…EVERYONE needs to try them! Super YUM and so quick to make…now I have something new to add to my breakfast ideas during the week!! Thank you again Danica, for all you to do help us get to our goal :)


Jo Ann December 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

OMG! The Buckhorn has the best butternut squash ever! I get so happy when its that time of year for it. I too eat my hubbys he doesn’t like it. He really does not know what he’s missing!


Pat December 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

What a great day you and the crew had! Macys is a must at holiday time—and love Make A Wish!


suzanne December 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

What a wonderful day you had!!
There’s nothing like the wonderful look on the children with Santa Claus :)


Sarah December 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

The kids had a great time. What an awesome Santa he was! Nathan wants to know when he can go again. Thank you !! And I loved seeing the inside of the restaurant decorated really cozy and Christmassy.


Deborah Christy December 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Your niece and nephew look like you two! Are you sure they aren’t yours?! haha!


Cheryl December 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Your nephew and neice are adorable. What a great aunt and uncle. The Santa tour is such a great idea.
The wine cooler thing is called a carafe. (Cur-aff.). We have several.
Congrats on the weight loss.



Kati S. December 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

I am so excited that Firecracker Chicken is back! I made special trip to Panda the day that I got the email and our town didn’t have it yet. I was so excited to eat that for dinner that I was visibly disappointed when I was told it wouldn’t be available until later on in the week. Hopefully I can get my Firecracker Chicken fix soon!


DanicasDaily December 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Hi Kati,

That is such a bummer. I love that chicken….It actually isn’t too hard to make if you wanted to try it how.

Here is the recipe I made.



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