Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Most Hilarious Santa Arrival. EVER.

Before I get to the point, I apologize for letting a month go by without blogging. An explanation (trust me, it's good) at the end of this post.

I live in a quirky seaside town. And I love it. But, the way Ipswich, Massachusetts has Santa arrive is about the quirkiest I have ever seen. This was the first year my husband, our little girl, and I made our way down to the town wharf to see the action and we were not disappointed.

I've seen Santa arrive by fire truck, by sleigh and on a horse. But, in our town, he arrives by fire rescue boat. He motors up the Ipswich River to the town wharf. Then, an awaiting fire truck with a boat trailer picks up the rescue boat and the whole town, I swear the WHOLE town, follows Santa, still in the boat, about a mile upriver to the downtown area.

I'm not finished. There's also a jailed Grinch in the back of the police department's pick up truck. They make him pull up the rear of the Santa parade, I guess since he's in jail he shouldn't be up front in the place of honor with Santa.

I'm not sure what my daughter made of all this. She's only fourteen months so the crowd of mostly older kids was probably more interesting to her than Santa or the Grinch. But I think she really enjoyed the mile walk, the bells her Aunt Bev bought her along the way, and the lights from the fire truck. LIGHTS is now her favorite word, which she has to scream on the top of her lungs. Every time I turn on the Christmas lights in the living room I hear her shrill little voice cry out "LIGHTS! WOW!"

What I've learned in the past few days from the Santa parade, a very unexpected jailed Grinch, a new favorite word and the look of pure yumminess on my little girl's face when she ate a gingerbread cookie is the Holidays are so much more fun with a child. How on earth did I find them fun before? I have no idea. But all the wonderment and magic I felt as a child waiting for Santa is quickly rushing back. You might just find me creeping down the stairs at 3 AM Christmas morning to see if Santa drank the milk and ate the cookies we'll leave out.

I am so thankful for a child to share this holiday season with. And the reason why I've taken a little blogging break is we have another one on the way. I'm ending my first trimester and I'm hoping the nausea and exhaustion will start to fade like it did at about this point with Lizzie. If my kid is napping than so am I, hence the lack of online activity. So I think I'll go have another ginger cookie and go to bed!


  1. Oh, the Christmas parade sounds like so much fun for all. Your description and photos brought back those wonderful childhood memories and those of when my children were little.

    Congratulation on the soon-to-be addition to your family. By all means, take naps at every opportunity. I still take them and I'm retired.

  2. Congratulations. This is exciting news. It has been a worthwhile wait to hear from you again. Have a blessed Christmas.

  3. What an incredible Christmas parade you have there, I can just imagine Lizzie and all the parade lights.

    Congratulations on the upcoming new arrival to the family. Like Lynn said, take the naps when you can, I'm sure Lizzie is even more of a bundle of energy at this age.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. Hey long time no blog! And I am glad to know you were happy bonding with the family.

    Christmas is really for children, and it is the most awaited day of the year for them and for us then. Have a Merry Christmas and congratulations Kaye!


  5. Oh, this is such great news! And I just have to say how much I enjoy coming here to comment after some of my favorite friends, Lynn, Rae, Judy, and AL! It does feel like a coffee klatch, doesn't it?

    Congratulations on your coming addition to the family, and your transition to full time mom. Your children will be just about the same ages as I was with my sister, and we were very close. Still are.

  6. Congratulations on the great news.

    Glad you keep your Grinches properly caged!

  7. that's so cool... i wish that our parade had this much humor and spirit!

  8. Congratulations you poor thing! I survived on peanut butter on toast for 3 months with my last two. You're right - holidays are so much brighter and magical with kids ;-)

  9. Wow, that is a crazy arrival. Love the grinch in jail! Congrats and eat all the ginger cookies you want. Merry merry to you and yours.

  10. Hilarious! This town has pizazz and imagination!

    In fact, this has inspired Cow to determine to visit her town's Christmas parade next year to see if they do anything vaguely as cute.


  11. Thanks everyone! Yes, naps are good whether you're two or a hundred and two! The kids will be about 21 months apart so hopefully they'll be close, or at least get along! Have a great holiday season everyone! -kate

  12. Well congratulations to you and your family!!! I hope you start feeling better soon.

    I love your Santa arrival and the jailed Grinch, very clever!!! I bet that was fun to see.

  13. we all will be anxious about your health so keep us updated!

    when is the due date?


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