Sunday, December 15, 2013


Santa Train was a huge success again this year. We counted 130 kids who sat on Santa’s lap and a few who did not. Add to that the fact that each kid was accompanied by at least one adult, and sometimes 4 or 5 adults, we know we had better than 300 people go thru our little Station this year.  DSC_0438 DSC_0439DSC_0443DSC_0450

 DSC_0455 The line seemed to go on forever and the office was soon packed with people, popcorn, cookies and hot chocolate! DSC_0452 It was a wonderful treat having real walls, ceilings, and HEAT! And for those of you who remember our first Santa Train, no one had to be under a tent INSIDE the building in case it rained! Ah, yes, those were the days! No tent to keep the cookies dry… did I mention we have heat in the building?


The other big deal this year was having numerous trains running, from the tiny N scale that the tiny folk seemed to enjoy,  to the big O gauge running in the freight roomDSC_0433 and the really BIG garden train running outside.

DSC_0436 But the real star of the show, of course, was Santa and Mrs Claus who once again charmed the kids and even the adults with their patience and kindness, not to mention a bag of goodies.

 DSC_0448 The parents lined up with their cameras and listened in as best as they could. I loved the kids who brought their lists. One kid had printed his list on his computer, single spaced, full page. DSC_0444 DSC_0454 DSC_0461 DSC_0462

Also fun were the answers to “Have you been good?” One kid admitted he had struggled with that but thought he had been much better this year than last. I’m glad they didn’t ask me that question.


Ginnie said...

The pictures are wonderful, Jan, & it's fun to have seen it in person as you were working on it.
You and your gang that put that all together certainly made Christmas for those kids!
PS: I love the train set-ups.

troutbirder said...

What fun. I enjoyed it. As to your previous post I'm with you one hundred percent. And promise you I will never "upgrade" unless it clearly a simple and uncomplicated improvement for the benefit of all including us cautious, not easily persuaded semi Luddites....