Monday, December 10, 2012

"Tis the season

We have enjoyed many fun and festive Christmas activities this week! I'm having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year as the anniversary of my dad's death draws near, but seeing Christmas through the eyes of children is always a mood brightener.

First up on the holiday festivities agenda was the school Christmas program.

The littles posing in their grand Christmas finery.

Kindergarten performance... Thomas is the blurry brown boy.

The twins were conveniently placed right next to each other... usually not the case!

This past week, Anna's oldest friend Abbey hatched a plan to collect toys for needy children in our area.  The Ashland Hometown Christmas weekend seemed like the perfect time to set up a booth.  We are so proud to have such a special girl like Abbey as part of our family... well, she's not, but she is.  If you know what I mean.  :)

Anna and Abbey got these matching Santa hats when they were about seven and eight years old.

Next up on our agenda, visiting Santa Claus.  In Ashland, Santa comes to town in a horse drawn sleigh led by a beautiful draft horse.  Sleigh comes complete with wheels for more functionality.

Santa's ride.

The littles posing together for Mom and Dad. 

Candace is giving her wishes some serious thought as Santa and Mrs. Claus patiently wait.

 Sarah takes her turn with the jolly old elf.  She is somewhat of a skeptic.

 Thomas, on the other hand, is all enthusiasm!

Checking out Santa's sleigh!