I hadn't quite resolved the issue when, a few days ago, I was driving around in our neighborhood and I saw it: a sign advertising what promises to be The Most Exciting Event of This Holiday Season.
Above our local fire station, in big letters, appeared the words:
COME MEET SANTA AT THE FIRE STATION
That's it! Meeting Santa amidst huge, shiny, red fire trucks - that's the ticket! How could K. NOT enjoy every single minute? (I realize I'm setting myself up for a big jinx.)
In any case, I've added it to our social calendar and we are counting down the days. K.'s friends Sophie and Charlie are going to join us. Pictures to follow... wish us luck!