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This weekend I took my family to the Santa Clara Global Winter Wonderland to see the lantern festival featuring various iconic landmarks from around the world. It was one of those cold winter days that makes you feel all warm and cozy inside and we were having a lot of fun seeing all the gigantic lanterns. My toddler daughter was tucked away in her warm stroller but she would direct us where to go with a tiny gloved hand. She eventually broke free of the stroller and ran towards this carousel and eagerly pointed at the horses. "Yes, we can go on, but we have to wait our turn in line." We waited in line for 20 minutes, but when we got to the front, the carousel operator would not let us in because we were short by one ticket. This was definitely a fail on my part for not getting additional tickets just in case, so I tried to reason with the nice man. I asked him if he would be willing to either take cash or let us in and we could come back and give him the additional ticket after the ride. He curtly shooed us away and closed the gate. It was infuriating and sad all at once. It was already too late and cold to wait another 20 minutes so we ended up leaving. My only consolation is that my daughter is still too young to really understand what happened, and she did not seem disappointed, but I promised myself that I would never again let her down for lack of planning.

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