Good morning, friends! Christmas has come and gone, but we are still basking in the memories and sugar coma over here. Our holiday celebration spawned two weeks. Between events, work parties and celebrations we had four Christmases, visited three Santas, two train displays and had one too many treats. Here’s a little highlight reel of the festivities.
Does anyone else have a small celebration on Christmas Eve eve? I’ve heard amazing reviews of Greenfield Village Holiday Nights and knew this was the finally the year to go. I was able to snag the coveted tickets months in advance and was eagerly anticipating our visit.
The village was decorated for the holiday and was stunning, to say the least.The streets were lined with lights and corners were used for carolers, bonfires, era-specific food and gifts for purchase. The grounds also had stores, warming huts and of course, the main man.
Surprisingly, and to my delight, Mitch was completely transfixed by the ice skating rink. He watched as the kids glided around the ice asking to join in.
As a former figure skater who spent over 20 years on the ice, my heart is bursting. I am definitely planning his first time on the ice soon!
Christmas came a day early at the Guster house! Due to travel, we decided to move our celebration up a day. Mitch was so excited to see that Santa and the reindeer scarfed up their treats! It was one of the best moments of the day.
Then we dug into stockings, presents and breakfast pancakes. But the big gift that took the cake was Mitch’s trampoline from Santa. This little guy loves to jump and though we have a pass to the trampoline park, an at home version was a sure winner. The morning was spent relaxing in our pjs and playing with our gifts. Not long after, we packed up to travel north to my hometown. That night, my brother and his family hosted Christmas Eve. Growing up we always spent the night before Christmas at my grandma’s house. So it was fun to feel those same feelings of family and fun thanks to an amazing dinner spread and game night.
Mitch was gifted so many wonderful toys, books and clothes by his aunts, uncles, grandma and grandpa. I think we need to add a room to our house for all of the trains that are now in our possession. Someone is a happy little boy.
The night ended with another round of Celebrity Game night – a rematch and the girls took the win this time around! I really loved playing the game and am looking to add it to our collection. It is the perfect game for a crowd or even a couples night.
My sister-in-law gave us the heads-up that Festival of Trains was in town knowing how much Mitch loves trains. We had a quiet morning and then went over to the old library to see the display. The building was filled with trains of all sizes, shapes and ages. It was amazing to see!
The model railroad group brought their personal trains to display and were so friendly with visitors of all ages. Mitch stood and watched the intricate displays, mesmerized!
One of the best parts of the day was the huge display of Brio and Thomas trains set up for the kids to play with. You were not allowed to touch the display trains downstairs, so someone was thinking when they set up the toys for kids to get out their excitement!
Christmas was a huge success! It was such a treat to spend time with all of our families, our little family and friends over the last few weeks – exactly what the holidays are about.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday!