I’ve started working on having Thankful Thursday posts…it’s just a random post of things that happened during my week that I am thankful for. It started after I’ve been reading The Frugal Girl blog and she has a feature called Thankful Thursday. This week I am thankful for out small town.
On the 10th our town hosted a great little event when Santa came to town. It is a tradition that only started a few years ago when a gentleman in the area passed away and left money to the city with the request that there be a Christmas party every year. The event was always billed as a community event but being I hadn’t gone, I thought is was only kids and Santa.
I’m not a big Santa girl and I’m not big on crowds so over the years I have passed and not gone.
This year I had my daughter Kelli’s kids here. I was babysitting them. Then daughter Kalissa, who lives in town, contacted me and said, “Hey, if you bring the kids down, I’ll help you with them.” I groaned and whined but ended up taking them…and had a lovely time.
The event is entirely free. Well, I did buy one beer from the bar but other than adult beverages, everything was entirely free. They had a face painter come in…Here is Georgie.
They had a big bounce house. Georgie is on the left, Eli on the right.
They had a balloon artist. Emmett had a little meltdown with the balloon. Originally he asked for a snake. Then last second he asked for a sword like Eli had. He got a sword and lost it. Later the man came over and gave Emmett this as and added extra. It made Emmett’s night.
Speaking of Emmett, he fell asleep on my lap. That made watching the kids harder so I called my son Karl who lives in town and he came down to help with the kiddos. He had friends who were there and he had a lovely time as well.
There was a coloring contest for the kids.
There was an entire meal. We could have brats or hotdogs, cheesy potatoes and mac and cheese, oreo fluff, chips, and a cookie. Here is Anders with his cookie. He ate the entire thing!
Santa was there and the kids all got a big sack of goodies. Carver is on the left, Georgie and Santa in the middle, and Gannon on the right.
Carver is thinking pretty hard here about what Santa is asking.
While that was all going on, they had bingo. I ended up winning a ham! AWESOME!!
Outside they were giving horse and wagon rides through town. I was a little bummed because I didn’t wear a coat…the kids didn’t have mittens…Emmett was still sleeping. Logistically we just couldn’t make it happen. Instead, Georgia got to pet the horse. She didn’t even realize rides were being offered.
The event was lovely and everything a small town should be. Being I don’t have kids in school anymore, I don’t often get out and be around people I previously interacted with. It was so nice as now many of them are grandparents too so we were there together with grandkids for round #2. I got to visit with lots of people. It was very enjoyable…and can you believe EVERYTHING (except that beer) was free?
I kind of kicked myself for being a Scrooge about going.
I am so thankful I live in a small town where things like this can happen through donations and volunteers. I love that it’s a safe place to take kids. At one point one of Kelli’s classmates kid befriended Eli and watched out for him in the bouncy house. No one told him to do it. He’s just a good kid. That’s the kind of small town I live in and I love my small town. That’s what I’m thankful for this Thursday.