Old Fashioned Christmas

Last night we had the opportunity to travel less than 15 short miles to the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky, a place that has quickly grown to be near and dear to our hearts. Though it’s close in distance, it may as well be light years away from the busy bigger city. For the second year in a row, we participated in their Old Fashioned Christmas, an all-day affair that celebrates the beginning of the season and heralds the small-town feel. Our first time to the festival was sort of a bust. Despite our friends’ urging, we got there almost too late to join in on the fun. They had already lit the tree, given out the free food, and sent away the petting zoo. Even so, we all had such a fun–though truncated–time that we vowed to be more prepared in future years. So this year we made a point to be in Wilmore for the tree lighting (not Rockefellar, but exciting nonetheless), as well as all the other events we planned to see and do. One of the best things about Christmasing in Mayberry, USA, is that it’s easy to get a parking space! You don’t have to park a mile away or pay in a garage. (Am I getting old?) We met up with our friends the Hagans (who we recently found out that we’re more likely than not related to!) near the still-darkened tree. Everyone had a pair of 3D glasses, but not just any 3D glasses. These special spectacles allowed the wearer to see either a snowman or a star when he or she looked at tree or other bright lights. You’d be surprised how long the kids were entertained by them!

Brendan caught this shot through the glasses to show the snowman.

Brendan caught this shot through the glasses to show the snowman.

"You laughing at my glasses, eh?"

“You laughing at my glasses, eh?”

Light that tree! Light that tree!

Light that tree! Light that tree!

"Like my new glasses?"

“Like my new glasses?”

They LOVED the glasses!

They LOVED the glasses!

Allie's looking hard to see the snowman!

Allie’s looking hard to see the snowman!

The serious Brendan shows off his new accessory.

The serious Brendan shows off his new accessory.

After the tree lit up, with the Salvation Army band playing O Christmas Tree, we waved hello to the big guy–that’s right, Santa Claus himself, riding in a John Deere tractor. With the holiday mood firmly established, we did something we could only let happen in small town America: we let our kids wander off to check out the sights themselves. Chloe came with us while the older kids went out in search of some good eats and sugary treats. Of course, Wilmore isn’t that big, either, so we kept running into each other, but….the kids had some freedom. Our first stop was the IGA, where they are notarious for yummy ham biscuits and soup beans. They did not disappoint. I must have been so busy munching away that I forgot to take any pictures! After that, we crossed the parking lot to The Great Wall, the Chinese restaurant with the bluegrass band. The bluegrass was worth sitting down for to listen for more than just a song.

Bluegrass in the Great Wall.  I love Kentucky!

Bluegrass in the Great Wall. I love Kentucky!

Chloe enjoyed a Chinese restaurant treat while we all enjoyed the bluegrass music you see in the background.

Chloe enjoyed a Chinese restaurant treat while we all enjoyed the bluegrass music you see in the background.

From then on we got some cotton candy from the guy in the kilt. (Don’t ask, just say thank you and smile!) I believe Andrew circled around this line several times, based on how he was jumping around and almost vibrating later in the evening…

Andrew's favorite part: COTTON CANDY!! This year's flavor was Sassy Apple.

Andrew’s favorite part: COTTON CANDY!! This year’s flavor was Sassy Apple.

Yum, yum, cotton candy treat!

Yum, yum, cotton candy treat!

Chloe being silly on Todd's shoulders.

Chloe being silly on Todd’s shoulders.

We meandered over to the petting zoo, complete with a real camel, where Chloe could have stayed all night. She loved seeing the alpacas, donkey, and of course, the camel. One of the best things about Wilmore’s shindig is running into people we know. Many of the couples who have come through my class lived in Wilmore, and I love catching up with them and seeing how much their baby has grown. Last night was no exception, and we visited with several of them, along with friends we saw from CC. Chloe especially benefitted from these chance meetings, as it meant she got to hang out with the animals even longer.

Hands down Chloe's favorite part of the evening: the animals at the petting zoo!

Hands down Chloe’s favorite part of the evening: the animals at the petting zoo!

We ran into the kids again on our way down the road to check out the rest of the town, and stopped to snap a few shots. It’s hard to get all…how many? 748?…to stand still for a simple picture.

A serious shot for the older set, but for Drewbie, it's all about the cotton candy!

A serious shot for the older set, but for Drewbie, it’s all about the cotton candy!

The happy group.

The happy group.

The rest of the evening we spent walking the streets, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, and relishing the atmosohere. On the way home later that night, we all agreed it was worth going out to Wilmore to spend time with family and friends as we welcome December and the frivolity that goes along with it.

The crowd and the flag.

The crowd and the flag.

Chloe and I pose for a shot.

Chloe and I pose for a shot.

Near the end of the evening, Andrew just stared longingly into the Subway.

Near the end of the evening, Andrew just stared longingly into the Subway.

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Welcome, December!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. John Fennell
    Dec 02, 2012 @ 19:31:15

    Sounds like the perfect way to welcome December!!!! Mom Janice Fennell

    Reply

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