York-Durham Heritage Railway
Obviously, we knew that if we took the train-loving Buddy-O on a trip to Uxbridge to board the Santa Train, he would love looking at the outside of the train more than sitting on the inside with some scary dude with a white beard. But we boarded anyway, and had an okay time. He got to give his tickets to the conductor, saw some magic, got a balloon dog, tried to give his tickets to Santa, and now recognizes the jolly ol’ fat guy. Even calls him “Sa”.
And no meltdowns, which is what really counts.
But really, nothing was as great as his first reaction to the train when we pulled up. Notice him gesticulating wildly. He could not sign train hard enough.