Friday, December 17, 2010

Three Days of Christmas Fun

Day 1-Seeing Christmas Lights at Dovewood Court
We have a yearly tradition of bringing the kids to see the Christmas lights on Dovewood Court. Every house on the cul-de-sac is completely covered in lights and they collect food for the Food Bank. We bring a few cans with us every year, pick up some hot chocolate on the way and walk around the neighborhood enjoying the lights. The kids love it, and so do we!

 Drew and Ava all bundled up and ready to see the lights

 Me and Dan with our coffee

 The Grinch-one of their favorite displays

 Drew and Ava in front of the nativity scene

 Another fun house

video
Check out this video--an incredible light show set to music

Day 2-Caroling with the GreenHouse teens

This year our church was invited to carol around the apartment complexes near the GreenHouse, a community enrichment center that we partner with. I love caroling, so I couldn’t say no! Again, we got all bundled up and headed over to the South Natomas neighborhood. Drew and Ava were both excited to sing and also to see their friends. We walked around the complexes singing and bringing cheer to the families that live there. My favorite part was our final song—Carol of the Bells. Trust me, you would have enjoyed it! After we were finished, one of the moms who we sang to brought Mexican hot chocolate for all of us to enjoy. What a sweet evening!

The kids having some hot chocolate before we got started
 
Our family preparing to carol
 
Singing in the courtyard of one of the apartment complexes

Tony (our worship leader) and David (our pastor) and me photobombing in the background


Day 3-Polar Express

I was so excited to get tickets to the Polar Express train ride this year! The tickets always sell out the same day they go on sale so it’s hard to get them. The kids got to wear their pajamas on the train for our journey to the North Pole. There are performers who dance in the aisles, there is hot chocolate and cookies for everyone, the conductor reads the story of the Polar Exress to the kids and at the end Santa visits the train and gives out bells to everyone who believes! It was a fun night and we all enjoyed our visit to the North Pole.

All jammied up and ready for our train ride
 
Drew having his hot chocolate and cookie
 
Ava with her hot chocolate and cookie
 
Santa joined us on the train!
 
I just had to post this funny picture of me and Santa!
We believe!
 
Drew and me with our bells

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