At a Mommy Matter's meeting (it's our version of MOPS) my group was talking about Christmas traditions. Someone mentioned the Pink Pig in Atlanta. That intrigued me, seeing as how it's a Pink Pig and all. How in the world does this tie into Christmas. She began explaining it and it sounded pretty neat to me. Something I thought ALM would love. So when I got go home, I researched it a little. And decided we would go and start a new tradition with Addison and our future children.
The Pink Pig is a train. Her name is Priscilla. It comes every year to Macy's at Lenox Mall in Atlanta. She has been around for over 50 years. It is housed in a 170-foot, 1950 themed Pink Pig Tent. It debuted in 1953 as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s and had a brief stint at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees. The proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $400,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Saturday morning came and we were in no rush to get to Atlanta so we took our sweet time. For some reason in my mind, I didn't think it would be too crowded. In my strange mind because it was Dec 11 and the train had been there since Oct 29, everyone else had probably gone already. We got there at 11:00, bought our tickets (we decided to get the double ride) and waited in line for TWO HOURS. The last time I waited in line for something for two hours, I was a teenager at Six Flags. This time was a tad different because we had a TWO YEAR OLD WITH US! It was a battle to keep her happy but between the two of us, we kept her pretty content. We let her run around a little. Play on our phones a little. She did very well considering.
We finally got to the tent and and Priscilla the mascot was there and you could have your picture taken with her. Addison loved her waving at her, but would have NONE of a picture with her. She wanted her to stay at least 10 feet away.
We got in the tent and Addison saw the train... she was in awe. Her sweet little eyes couldn't stay still. She kept saying "Mommy, look! A piggy twain." We got on the train and the entire ride took about 2 minutes, but we rode it twice. I was so worried about her flipping out when we got off, but she did ok. We got her, her very own Priscilla (which sleeps with her to this day in her big girl bed).
Here are some pics from Addison's first Priscilla experience. I am glad we have a new fun tradition that she can look forward to every year.