Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Night Santa Rolled Into Town

Our tiny village we live in always kicks the Christmas season off right.  The Friday after Thanksgiving, you know the one that starts with people lining up way early to get a furby and along the way throwing some elbows while running to the shelf, yea that Friday.  Well, fast forward to 7pm, everyone from the village gathers downtown {think Gilmore Girls by the gazebo}.  What I love about this tradition is literally young and old all come out.  You have families with little kids, you get elementary, middle, and high school kids there.  You see lots of college kids hanging out with their old classmates, and you of course have grandparents with their grandchildren visiting for the holidays there.  It's like a giant reunion with the whole village. 

We get the night started with singing Christmas carols, the annual town hall tree lighting, and at the same time lighting all the trees and shops that line the main street in the village, and then the loud speakers play "Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus right down Santa Claus lane..."  And you find yourself singing along with the crowd even though you told yourself and your spouse you were going to.  I guess there is something just magical about Christmas lights, people gathered around in community, and seeing Santa roll in on a firetruck.  I mean seriously, who could contain that joy. 

It's been fun going each year, this being our third year.  The first year I was uber pregnant with Lucy, like due the next day pregnant, last year it was unseasonably warm, and Lucy hung out on Eric shoulders most of the night, and this year it was freezing!  So Lucy stayed home with grandma and papa while Molly got a night of mom and dad to herself.  No matter the year or circumstances, I still find myself as giddy as the little kid next to me.


Zion said...

It sounds like an awesome tradition. I think I would really like your village.

Jessica Heights said...

That sounds like fun!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Aww... sounds and looks wonderful!! :)