This past weekend the local base where we live held its annual Holiday Parade. The both kids scout troops participated in the parade.
|carriage with horses were part of the parade|
|We had a few floats that handed out candy|
|Santa's sled appeared|
|Multiple decorated signs decorated the grounds of the church representing various business and military offices on base|
|Princess got to hold the GS flag at the front of the parade|
|Little man had a turn carrying the boy scout flag|
|After the parade we visited with Santa|
|There were also crafts that the kids could make in the community room. Little Man loved the Snowman poo craft;)|
|Later at the Church grounds we had a mini service honoring Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and even winter solstice. The Chapel pastor gave a brief prayer and speech.|
|Next we had a person representing the Jewish community who told about the story of the lights and lead a Jewish prayer|
|Girl scouts sang a few Christmas song|
|Tradition here is for someone to sing "I'll be home for Christmas" in honor of the missing men and women who will not be able to be home with their families this year.|
|A family is chosen from the local area who has a love one on deployment and won't be home for the holidays to turn on the lights after a count down|
|Turing on the menorah and the tree lights. Hanukah doesn't begin until Dec 8th but the menorah was turned on with the tree lights for this evening and then the lights will be turned off and light on the appropriate night to celebrate the festival.|
We had a lovely afternoon getting into the Christmas spirit!