My other favorite Santa arrival is when he visits our neighborhood. In fact, Santa visits the entire town in one night. Does he depend upon his trusty reindeer to deliver him to the multitude of communities in a timely manner? Oh no. Everybody knows that the reindeer don't leave the North Pole before Christmas Eve. They have to rest and practice their flying skills, right? When Santa comes here, he is on top of our big town hook and ladder truck!
It's always obvious when he's coming; you can hear the sirens for about an hour before he gets to our house. The kids get all excited and continuously race to the door, then the window, then the door again, all the while asking when he'll be here. Not to worry. Santa's no technology slacker. He has a web site where you can track his travels. When the time is right, we head up the street. Soon we see the flashing lights, the siren gets louder and then, around the bend, there he is! All of the children start yelling "Santa! It's Santa!" Little Abigail, who will be 3 in February, is really into Christmas this year and she could hardly contain herself. She was jumping up and down and squealing, waving her little arms in the air. Jamison and his "girlfriend" Audrey both shouted and waved with joy, while Hannah, Audrey's little sister (3) cried at the site and loud sound. That's OK. Dad was there to scoop her up and she soon realized it was OK and began waving too. Even little Lucy, our neighbor doggie, seemed excited over seeing the Jolly Old Elf! Santa is always accompanied by Rudolph and Frosty and a few of Leesburg's finest firemen and the truck is all decorated in garlands, wreaths and lights. They only stay for a brief moment, as they have many more visits to make before heading back to the North Pole, but it's always enjoyed by all.
Our town has a lot of wonderful little things to do at this time of year. There's the town Christmas tree lighting, concerts, home tours, charity runs, live nativities and a parade. While we have a large population and geographic area, the actual town limits are small and still hold their 1700's charm. This weekend, there will be horse-drawn carriage rides and Victorian-dressed carolers along the Historic district. Every street lamp is strung with fresh greens and all of the old buildings, most of which are now shops and office suites, are decorated with lights, trees, nativity scenes and other beautiful adornments. I enjoy driving this route just to see it all and to admire the huge Victorian homes with their festive decorations. I'll be taking photos of the area and posting them soon!
|Christmas Tree at the Courthouse|
Thank you so much for visiting! I always enjoy you being here and love your sweet comments! I hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Leena