We attended the 20th Annual Christmas in the Park in Gardner last night. If you want a small midwest town Christmas experience, this haas got to be one of the best. It is what you see in the movies, with the Christmas carolers dressed up in old fashioned clothes, the lighting of the mayor's Christmas tree, and of course the star of the show, Mr. and Mrs. Claus who make their arrival on the town's fire truck. Indian Creek Community Church, Gardner has made this an annual event as well, passing out hot chocolate to all who need a little warming up.
This has got to be the most fun you can have doing a service project. It was freezing cold last night and to offer a nice warm drink with a candy cane and whipped cream on top, who can help but smile and enjoy. We handed out almost 20 gallons of the creamy chocolate stuff.
One of the highlights of any child's evening has got be getting to go into Santa's Workshop, where there is actually a naughty and nice list and elves working on Christmas toys. Yes, the elf at the door put me on the nice list, even with Jeff protesting. Of course the big guy and his wife are there to see everyone as well.