Friday, December 14, 2007

The Polar Express

Last year we started an annual tradition of riding Heber Creeper's Polar Express train to pick up Santa from the North Pole. This year was even more magical for Autumn than last . . . aided by the fact that she watched the movie Polar Express for the first time the night before our big adventure. She was almost as excited to talk to the Conductor as she was to visit with the elves and Mrs. Claus and even Santa himself. Of course, we were able to enjoy hot chocolate and one of Mrs. Claus' magic cookies while singing carols and listening to the elves tell us Christmas-related jokes - all while we traveled to the North Pole.
To be honest . . . this is a somewhat pricey tradition (for those interested) . . . but, the look on Autumn's face when she sees Santa, bundling up in our warmest pajamas, sipping hot chocolate and singing songs is worth every penny.

Santa is waiting at the North Pole for the kids to see out the window. This is Autumn catching her first glimpse of the big man himself. He then boards the train and takes a moment to visit with each child and gives them a special present . . . a silver bell to remind them to always "believe."

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