Friday, December 22, 2006


We took the kids to Bryson City, North Carolina on Wednesday to board the Polar Express--the train that takes you to the North Pole! Just like the children in the book, most children and a lot of adults--not us, of course--donned their pajamas for the exciting ride.

After leaving the station, we were served hot chocolate and a snack while The Polar Express was read. There were lights to enjoy along the way and the kids enjoyed the train ride.

After reaching the North Pole--about 45 minutes outside of Bryson City--the train stopped to let Santa board with his elf.

He autographed books and spoke to each child. Most requested snow for Christmas but didn't think it odd that there was none at the North Pole. Go figure!

Each child was given a bell to signify the first gift of Christmas like in the book.

The ride back to the station was spent singing Christmas carols. The most memorable song was "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Each section was given one day and we sang it from one end of the car to the other. It was hilarious. The kids hope to make this trip an annual tradition, but the adults aren't so sure. I think the car ride over the mountains to get there about did us in! It was very curvy, and if it snowed we never would have made it. I overheard one mother saying that her child threw up on the way. Ross felt sick, and we had to pull over on the way home, but he never did throw up. Thank the Lord!

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