December 1st fell on a Saturday this year and we set the bar pretty high with a ride on the Bethehem Express. We got our tickets punched and when the whistle blew we chuga-chugga-ed through four different towns set up in the church basement. The kids were on their best behavior and really got into it. Their favorite of course was the birthday party for Jesus in Munchiland thanks to some yummy muffins and balloon creations.
Next we walked to downtown Arlington to catch a horse drawn wagon ride. We rode a few times until it got busy and the wait became too long. Doughnuts from the bakery were a big hit and the only money we spent all day! It was Elsa's 17 month birthday so I tried to snap a couple of more formal shots but she was too busy signing "horse" and watching all the activity around her. She loved to dance and clap as the hobo band playing carols. When the sun started to set the temps fell from the comfortable 45 we were spoiled with earlier in the day so we headed to the van. Next year we'll be more prepared and bring extra clothes so we can stay for the lighted float parade. I heard that there were over 90 in this year's! On our way back to the van we stopped to chat with the big guy. Elsa was not impressed.
It was such a great way to begin December and put us right into the spirit of the season!