|KaNana tells Jolly Old Saint Nick (Dinnell) that she wants five puppies for Christmas.|
But I love all this evidence of Christmas time.
The now annual Christmas carnival seems to be bigger every year. There was a huge group at the community center last Saturday.
This is probably because they give away all sorts of prizes like this xbox Trance won. And the PS3, flat screen, kindle fire (and some regular kindles, too) along with a whole collection of other prizes. . . at least one small gift for every kid there. It's sort of unbelievable what they're able to give to the community when we have only a handful of really small businesses.
|I love his little sister in the background running to check it out. Go Addison go!|
And of course Santa was there.
And all sorts of little carnival games. Our ambulance crew traded in the straw search for an EMT-themed obstacle course:
|Joe ready to time Christina & Kyle|
|Jeana & Emma race through|
After the carnival they had the tree lighting and a little parade of lights.
|On come the lights. . .|
|the caroling crew watching the tree from the trailer|
Last year was the first year they did this parade. I think they only had one person. (So maybe they weren't quite starting yet?)
This year there were five or six floats, so that's quite an improvement!
|Keilana, Azia & Dylan reserving some good spots on the trailer.|
Lex found one of his buddies from school and got very excited to sit by him on the hay ride.
Especially since they all like the seats right on the edge.
Next year I think we need to recruit a choir director. We had all these packets of Christmas song lyrics, but not a clear plan about how we'd go about singing them. Also, not a lot of real loud singers except the trio of middle school boys who sang the first line or two of many random songs (Christmas and otherwise) from the top of the cab of the truck. Also there was another one next to me who shouted lyrics at loud as possible until he'd get stressed out because all the others singing quietly were usually at vastly different places in the song or just singing different songs entirely so it was hard to tell what exactly you were supposed to be singing.
But we still had pretty lights, all sorts of Christmas cheer, and excited children so I think it was a successful caroling expedition even without the real emphasis on the caroling.