After the lighting, Santa arrived via lighted fire truck. Sora, as leery as always of strangers, refuses to get within a 10 foot radius of Santa. We've been trying the "playing" approach - trying to get Sora to buy into the fact that everyone is playing/pretending Santa, which will save us from the big "santa isn't real" discussion later, while still getting to play along with the "game" in the meantime. I thought this approach might entice her a little more to play the game and not be afraid of Santa, but that is not the case.
For some reason, Maleah had this ridiculous idea that when we moved to a town of 500, people would be so excited to meet us and be inviting us to things left and right. This is not at all the case, but at least we're slowly meeting more people and trying to create our own type of community away from "home".