Thursday, December 1, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight!

~Elizabeth Akers Allen


As any child can tell you,
Christmas is magic.

The sights and sounds, the sweet fragrant smells, the anticipation, the joy...
everything seems more alive, brighter, and vibrant.

And what is more magical than a visit to see Santa, himself!

Each year our little family looks forward to an annual tradition of going to see Santa in our little town.  The main street trees covered in tiny white lights.  The walkways lined in white, candle lit luminaries.  Firepits on each street corner to warm your hands.  Carriage and sleigh rides through the street as you shop.  Store-front windows festively decorated with their lovely wares on display.  Vibrant fireworks filling the night sky with explosive color and thunderous sound.  Cups of steaming hot cocoa and sweet sugar cookies to munch as you wait your turn in the seemingly never-ending line to see the Big Guy ~ SANTA!

Ready to see Santa!

It's thrilling even for me, as an adult! 
For my young son, the anticipation is almost too much to bear!


Shopping during the holidays can be so much fun, especially in a small town main street instead of overcrowded malls.  You can take a break from the over-heated stores to venture out into the brisk evening air amidst all of the twinkling tree lights lining the sidewalk.


The cheery store-front window displays are always a delight to behold.




Little eyes filled with wonder and longing at all of the precious treasures within!


A little ice cream parlor beckons us in for a sweet treat.


Always seize the moment
to stop during the hustle and bustle
to let little ones take it all in.
The world seems so fast-paced and overwhelming to children.
Taking time to listen to them, and let them savor the moment is so important.
It helps them feel secure and valued...
and it gives you both a chance to make some extra special memories together!


Horse-drawn sleigh ride throughout the town...


Jingle all the way...


But the highlight of the night is, of course,
a visit with Santa!



Whispering all of the wishes that a little heart can hold...
ever hopeful...
a little timid...
with sparkling eyes filled with wonder!

My wish for you during this busy Christmas season,
as you ready your home for guests and festivities,
is that you take a break, if even for a moment - to savor the magic,
the splendor,
the sights, sounds and smells,
and let Christmas joy fill your heart and home this season.


May your days be merry and bright :)

7 comments:

  1. Judy, lovely pictures...they bring back memories. I love little towns at Christmas and a sleigh ride....well, that would be heavenly!

    Andrew looks adorable....I know he must be excited.

    I am taking my time with decorating and really enjoying it instead of just 'getting it done.'

    Beautiful post!

    Barb ♥

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  2. Jduy~
    I LOVE all the photo's you've taken. All the lights...trees...and colors of Christmas are truly amazing.

    And..I CANNOT believe how big Andrew is getting. He looks SO tall!!! Oh my. Where does the time go??????
    Kim~

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  3. Hi Judy!

    It looks like you live in a beautiful town... so pretty with all the lights and activities going on. It is a FAR cry from that horrid mall shopping! I am so envious...

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  4. Oh I wish I lived in your town! By the way, you do an exceptional job photographing storefront windows. I really struggle with that. :-/

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  5. This looks like a wonderful night full of sweet memories.
    Little Wonders' Days

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  6. What a wonderful post. YOur pictures are all fabulous. I love the sights and sounds of a small town. Everything seems so special. Thanks for visiting and leaving such gracious comments. I really appreciate them. Hugs, Marty

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