Our Christmas present from my mother-in-law this year was a trip on the “Essex Steam Train” and it wasn’t just any train ride, but a train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Our tickets were for the weekend after Christmas so we could tell Santa “thank you” for all our wonderful gifts!

The ride was so much fun. Aidan is big into trains this year, so there couldn’t have been a better family gift for him. Cameron liked the train but not so hot about Santa. Aidan was “a little peach” and told Santa thank you for his new Thomas stuff. I have to say, the kids were enamored with the actual train more so than santa. During the ride, Michael and I decided this will officially be a tradition in our family for the next several years. You know, until Aidan tells us how much he doesn’t wanna do it anymore.

If you have young kids and have never checked out the Essex Steam train, you really should. It was so much fun for the kids and for the parents too! Here’s a pic of our ride.

You can see they even made a friend during the ride too! It was so adorable:


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