A Trip to the North Pole

When my son, Andy, was very little he wanted a wolf from Santa.  He wrote him a letter and sent it to the North Pole.  There was a very convincing (and very likely the real) Santa at the mall.  I was able to whisper a few things in that old Santa’s ear before Andy climbed on the jolly man’s lap.  Andy’s little eyes grew big and he was filled with wonder as Santa told him that he had received his letter and would get him a wolf if he was a very good boy.  Christmas morning came and the howling stuffed animal wolf sat next to the Christmas tree.  The next summer as we perused the shops at Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, we saw the very same wolf!  It made my little boy a believer.  Our family believes in Santa.

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Maryjane and I waiting to go inside Santa’s Village!

Seven of us traversed the hilly paths of Santa’s Workshop in Cascade, Colorado.  My granddaughter, Maryjane sat on Santa’s lap and relayed her greatest wish, that the elves would make her a penguin.

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I wanted a visit with Santa too!

Santa’s Workshop opened in 1956 in the mountains of Colorado just west of Colorado Springs.  They started their herd of reindeers and dozens greeted us and nibbled feed from our hands.

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My daughter, Shyanne, and her boyfriend, Jacob enjoying the baby reindeer.

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Rides, large and small, dotted the village.  Maryjane was very brave and rode just about all of them.  We adults had a plenty good time on the kid’s roller coaster and teacups and many other rides!  My Andy and his girlfriend, Bree, had to work but we recalled the story of Andy’s wolf while waiting in line to see Santa.

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The carousel is a must ride!

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Me and Pa riding the zipline sleigh!

If you have a chance to go to Santa’s Workshop in Cascade, don’t miss it!  You can whisper in Santa’s ear what you want for Christmas.

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Ready for Santa’s train to depart!

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Maryjane and Emily catching a ride up a hill with her boyfriend, Reed.

It might be time for Halloween, but Christmas and making family memories, is always in our hearts.

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Christmas Dreaming

 

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As winter snow danced lightly down, the moon still held her luminous crown

and watched as each child in town went to sleep softly in the night.

Dreams of Santa filled their minds as they looked at moon’s generous light

and so wondered if they would see his reindeer cross her face in flight.

Warm with hot chocolate, jammies on, their stockings hung above the fires

their eyes grew heavy as they watched the tree with her glimmering wires.

Old Bing Crosby did croon, the sounds of the season on down through the hall

but sleigh bells were the most beautiful sound of all.

When they awake they will see who’s been here

Santa Claus and his eight glorious reindeer.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

Homestead Christmas Festival and Pet Reindeer

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When you have a dream, a goal, a vision of what you would like in your life, you should write it out. I will probably say that again sometime in future posts as I have seen many written dreams come to life. This one is in regards to Christmas and Doug as Santa Claus. Now, I understand that Doug is Jewish and not quite old enough to have the long white beard but I am working on it. He is a good sport and knows he will become Santa Claus. Just a matter of time. (Evil laugh) We already refer to each other as Mr. and Mrs. Claus when addressing the labels on presents.  He already has the beard thanks to our new small town lifestyle, and it looks great. Thanks to our teenaged daughters, he gains a few white hairs in it regularly. I suppose I add a few too.  We both love Christmas and the twinkly lights, and candles, the carols, the food, family, friends, fun and the spirit of Christmas.  We love festivals and animals so here is where the plan begins.

When we get our homestead, we will have fleece animals (more on that later) but why not throw in a few reindeer?  We must have reindeer.  They are gentle, docile, fuzzy and would look great on any homestead, particularly mine!  I am so enamored by Christmas, no one would even think twice.  Now as my friend, Nancy, says, “Everything must have a job, must pull their own weight.”  They don’t give milk or eggs, we don’t eat meat, and I have enough animals whose entire job is to be cute, so we will take them to Christmas events.  Enough events to pay for their food maybe.  Anywhere in December that would like a few live reindeer can call us.

Back at the homestead though, we will have a festival of our own.  Lord, we like ourselves a party so we will throw a Christmas festival of our own!  Spinning demonstrations, food and drinks, farm tours…..wait, hold that thought….What about a private party?  Buy tickets, get a full farm to table dinner, reindeer hugs, farm tour, spinning demonstrations, yarn, eggs, and other delightful gifts for sale in a relaxed off grid atmosphere?  And Santa Claus!  I,  myself, have some darling costume outfits that can be used to portray dear Mrs. Claus.  I will have to learn to sew a beautiful suit for Doug complete with plush velvet and faux fur, shiny boots (good for trudging around a farm in the winter anyway), and a lively hat.  Oh what fun we shall have!  You are invited dear friends, one and all.  Merry Christmas!  Santa comes tonight!