Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas in College Station

Though we unofficially relocated to Texas (as in we moved our furniture into our rental house) midway through December, we didn't actually get a chance to celebrate Christmas in College Station last year. After less than a week in Texas, we climbed back into our car and drove north to Illinois for Christmas and to meet our new niece, Lily, who was born on December 17th.

This year I did my best to take advantage of all the city had to offer - within reason, of course, and keeping in mind the ages of our kids - when it came to Christmas celebrations.

We baked and decorated Christmas cookies...

...and decorated the Christmas tree.

We welcomed Chris the Elf (short for Christmas, and chosen 
after Super Grover, Mark, and Ho were nixed) into our home...

...and made Christmas cards for Armed Forces service 
members, veterans, and their families.

We wrote letters to Santa...

...and then visited with him in person.

We participated in (with the Red Cross) and then watched the Bryan Christmas Parade.
(Will rode on the float, I handed out candy, and Tom and Hallie waved and shouted
"Merry Christmas" to the crowds as they walked and rode in the stroller,
respectively,along side the float.)

We visited "Christmas at the Creek", 

attended an abbreviated Nutcracker ballet at the public library,

and drove through the city's Christmas light display.

And that's not to mention the activities and parties at school.
There were the Christmas Chapels, first Will's...

...and then Hallie's.  (That girl is a performer through and through.  She knew those
Christmas songs, and the motions that went with them, like it was her job.)

Will's class held a "Happy Birthday Jesus" party, which I coordinated,

Hallie's class decorated Christmas cookies, and the last day of school before
Christmas vacation - which I worked - was Christmas pajama day.

I've just realized why I'm so tired.

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