Toy shopping gets a jump-start at H-E-B (video)
Thomas Rodriguez, 4, enjoys Christmas because he gets to see Santa Claus - and he gets showered with gifts.
"He has two boxes of toys, but he doesn't have enough," said his mother Maxine Rodriguez. "He wants everything for Christmas."
Thomas may want even more after stopping at the H-E-B Toy Extravaganza on Saturday afternoon. The store is in holiday mode, as toy cars and miniature airplanes filled several aisles. Saturday's event featured face painting, coloring and hanging out with Santa Claus.
Adrian Chavana, merchandise manager at H-E-B Plus!, hoped the event would spark people to check off gifts on their Christmas list while shopping at a place that many think of only as a food market.
"I want people to know that H-E-B is more than just a grocery store," he said. "We want parents and kids to get familiar with the toys."
At the store, Thomas enjoyed toy trucks that he drove around a section of the store. Rodriguez said she doesn't plan to get him another truck because he already received one for his birthday. She didn't know she was going to be making toy decisions already.
"I took him out (clothes) shopping and saw Santa," she said. "I just came to shop."
Because Wendy Sweet knew that Santa was coming to the store, she decided to dress up 8-month-old Kailyn in a reindeer outfit.
"I just wanted to have a picture of her on the chair," said Sweet, taking pictures of Kailyn. "Christmas is a lot about Santa."
Sweet said Kailyn will enjoy her first Christmas.
"She will have lots of family around her," Sweet explained.
As for Rodriguez, just as she was going to leave with Thomas, he wanted to play again with some more toys. Rodriguez said he would be playing with a lot of toys come Christmas Day.
"We have a Christmas tree with presents, and he's already asking if he can open them up," Rodriguez said. "I said 'Not yet.'"