Every year on the Saturday before Christmas the City of Asbury takes Santa Clause around the entire community so that all the children can see him and get candy from him. When we first moved here in December of 1992 that next day we heard all the sirens and thought something bad must be happening but it was just the Santa Clause tradition.
And so every year our kids looked forward to it and every year Angie brings her kids over. In fact the entire neighborhood was out this morning to welcome Santa Clause.
Right on time the big fire truck pulled out of the station with lights flashing and sirens wailing and drove right on past all the parents and kids waiting to see Santa. Ironic as it may seem this was a real emergency run and this truck and another were actually responding to a real event.
A few minutes later the truck carrying Santa came by and the kids were delighted. I had already gone in by the time it came by so I didn’t get any images of Santa. 😦
After some sledding the kids built a snow man in the back yard and Addie was putting some final touches on it when I got my camera back out.
There was more sledding and then the boys built a fort and the girls built a second fort in anticipation of a huge snowball fight. Apparently it didn’t happen but we still have two large forts in our back yard should an attack happen.
After all the activity of seeing Santa Clause, sledding, building a snowman and a couple of forts, Addie needed a little Mom time. I couldn’t resist capturing this moment.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Yesterday I was telling you about Asbury’s Holiday Tradition. We bought our home when it was a year old and there were not that many other homes in the neighborhood. In fact there were less than 20 on our street and the three or four side streets. There was nothing but farmland behind us so it was a small little community within a community.
We moved on Friday December 18th and at that time Angie was eight and Mark was a couple of months shy of two years old. Everyone was tired and so we were sleeping in on Saturday.
I had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the lustre of mid-day (actually it was around 9:00 a.m.) to objects below, when, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a big red fire truck, with a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
Yes every December the wonderful guys of the Asbury Fire Department load up the fire truck with candy and Santa Clause and go all over Asbury greeting the children and throwing them candy. They blow the siren constantly and have all the emergency lights on. With Santa Clause waving at all the children and his elves with him he dispenses his candy treats.
So this year I was thinking it was around 10:00 a.m. when they would come by our house. I was just puttering around when I heard a commotion in the garage. When I opened the door there was my little grandson with eyes big and wide explaining to me “Papa, he’s coming soon, Santa will be here soon, come watch.” 🙂
And so the tradition continues. They start around 9:00 a.m. and finish up now around 3:00 p.m. so you can see our little community has really grown. It is a wonderful event put on by the volunteers and it brings a lot of happiness and joy to lot of children both young and old.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I’ll have more tomorrow. Enjoy your day and be careful.