Thankful Thursday: My Small Town

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.

9 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: My Small Town”

  1. That sounds similar to what our small town does but we don’t have free food. There’s a parade, hot cider, and carriage rides and Santa shows up. There’s a craft fair and the library does activities and a movie. This year their theme was The Grinch and they had games, cookie decorating, the children also made an ornament and could watch the movie with popcorn, juice or hot chocolate.

  2. I agree about small towns – I’ve lived in big cities and it’s not for me! Being a farm kid, I naturally gravitate toward a more rural setting and feel so much more at home! Our community has festivals and other events that bring the community together and I have found the same things as you mentioned – everyone loves to interact and they all watch out for each other.
    I’ve been told that I don’t understand the ways of the world because I live in a “sheltered” area; I understand it just fine and prefer where I am. :)
    Thanks for sharing your experience – so glad you and the family had a great time!

  3. Sounds wonderful. I was reared in a town so small it is classified as a village. Unfortunately, the really cool things we had are not being done any longer. Many of the homes have been inherited by children who had to move on for employment so they have become rentals and the folks just do not have the same attachments.

  4. Oh that sounds like such a wonderful small town event. How fun! I live in a village and there are some events, but nothing like that. On Memorial Day there is a parade and vendors filling the four corners and that brings many, many people to town and is fun, but nothing is free. I’m so glad you went and the Karl could come and help you!

  5. Your blog reminded me of Albin, WY, a small town near Cheyenne. Shortly after I married my husband, we attended a parade there. It was the first time I ever saw the same parade twice. It goes down main street and turns around and passes by us going back to the starting place. HA!

  6. I’m so glad you decided to brave the crowds and ended up having such a good time. It sounds like a great place you live in!

  7. How lovely that you stepped out and tried the holiday party. I bet it will become a yearly tradition from now on. I don’t live in a small town but we feel like one. I think it’s nice to even recognize faces from all around, even if I don’t know their names. The best part of grandchildren must be living retracing your footsteps and watching them delight in things otherwise not appreciated. I grew up not far from Disneyland and went all the time. It got boring, if you can believe that. Once I had children, going back with them was like reliving the magic all over again! Despite the ridiculous cost of the park and its amenities, it’s still as fabulous as ever. I look forward to going with my grandchildren one day.

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