We’ve gone to our towns Santa Claus parade for as long as I can remember. Considering I can’t remember what I had for breakfast, that isn’t very long. However, I do remember last years parade and know that this years was way better.
For me, it was because the companies and organizations really got into the holiday spirit as opposed to just seeing the parade as an opportunity to advertise their company. I don’t have a problem with them doing this, in fact, we were pleased to discover a few companies that we didn’t know existed and will need in the near future. It’s just that I can watch cars with people in them drive by on any street corner and don’t have to freeze my toes off (literally) to do it.
The Kids (randomly) met up with several kids from their class and ended up sitting with a boy that takes the bus with them. We were fortunate to be sitting near a fire barrel because while it wasn’t really cold, it was chilly when the wind would rush in. It kind of felt like Halloween 2.0 (note that I’m still writing that post) because The Kids left with a bag full of candy!?
There is also a huge charity component to the event. Fireman walk in the parade and people put money in their boot. This years local charity was the Salvation Army. The Kids took the “donate” portion of their weekly allowance (they’d collected 50 cents each!) and donated it. They were so proud. There is also a float collecting canned goods and another for toys. (My camera card has been wonky and randomly deleting pictures so I didn’t get one. Next year).
After Santa Claus goes by, people are encouraged to go to the local college and enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and the chance to meet Santa Claus too. In past years it’s been a Zoo so we haven’t gone but now that The Kids are older, we might try it again.
Will You Go To Your Santa Claus Parade?
— Journeys of The Zoo (@zoojourneys) November 25, 2015