Parading Literacy

UntitledSaturday was one of my favorite moments in the JLC year, the Downtown Holiday Parade.  It was a little early this year, but that’s okay.  We had fun!

Sorry there’s no photo of me in my pajamas in public.  Seriously…  I waited 24+ hours to compose this post so that I could share one of our group photos with you.  The theme was The Polar Express.   It took a little education on my part.  First, a co-worker had to correct me and let me know it is The POLAR EXPRESS, not the polar bear express as I inaccurately called it.  Then, another co-worker took pity on me and asked me if I knew about the Coors Light train.  Yeah…  Well, that’s how the Polar Express works, only with little kids from bed to the North Pole.


Got it!  I even swallowed my pride and wore pajamas in public while handing out candy canes.  Other Leaguers were handing out cute little scrolls that were a Polar Express reading challenge, tied with ribbon, a bow and the rather popular little quote about bells and believing.

I’m amazed yet again by the talent and vision our members possess.   They turned a golf cart into a train engine in just a few hours,  and still other members showed up with their own children (and sadly, no photos of the pair of BEAUTIFUL Goldens, representing the 4-footed kid crowd) and spouses and more to represent the JLC.

UntitledAnd while I loved the theme this year and the connection to our new literacy focus, it was a dream come true to have BROOD – Basset Rescue of the Old Dominion – following us in the parade!  Have you ever seen a cuter Mrs. Claus!?

(Oh look!  There’s one of “our” Goldens in the far, far back right…  I think it’s Bonnie.  Brody is a BIG “yearling” who is already 95 lbs. and I’m quite sure that if he fills out to match his head and feet, he’ll weigh about 11o or better.)

Are you in the holiday spirit yet?

Clearly I’m not quite there yet, despite an order to decorate at work (the interior is done) and the festive parade.  I’m still undecided on the card problem.  There are no perfect photos, and I’ve yet to find the right charitable card either…


15 comments on “Parading Literacy

  1. Katherine says:

    What a wonderful event! The Polar Express is a Christmas must watch for our family each year. I have decided to decorate on the day after Thanksgiving (which will be on the 30th for us this year) and enjoy the season a little longer. We are already playing Christmas music in the office and I baked Panettone today. Tis the season!!

  2. Nancy says:

    I love the Polar Express story! The little train engine is seriously cute – nice job, ladies.

    Christmas music is being streamed on my TV as I type this comment and scented candles are burning. I’ll start putting decorations out next week.

  3. AlisonH says:

    Nicely done! What a cute train! (Now, if we can just get our Parker not to scream bloody murder in abject fear of Santa’s knee this year–he’ll be turning three, there’s hope…)

  4. gmariesews says:

    Looks like fun was had by all. I haven’t ordered cards yet and need to get on that. I think we have a good photo from Palm Springs. Will decorate next week. g

  5. We’ve watched the movie twice already this season! Such a great story…

  6. kathy b says:

    YOU did well! So fun to see Sissy all gussied up as Mrs. C.
    I am already in the SPirit. Im thrilled to be. Me and Beth in Newborn nursery started listening to carols last week. I want to put the tree up earlier than ever. It just snowed a touch and it was so pretty. It beats the grey. Maybe Im thrilled b/c Zach is going to Virginia for thanksgiving with Al; then Al is home from the 26th to the 1st and Fireman’s big day is NEw years Day….

  7. Sue says:

    It looks like fun! We’re trying to get with the spirit but it isn’t easy. Maybe baking some cookies, both human and doggy, will help.

  8. I wish I could have gone! What a ball!

    Will you do a book review for me? 🙂

  9. What?! No Chan in her pjs photo! I protest. Surely there is some incriminating evidence to be found?

  10. Barbara says:

    Great event, Chan, but would like to have seen a pic of you in your pj’s!
    Imagine you are hunkering down for whatever this storm brings to your area. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Marjie says:

    That is a cute Mrs. Basset Claus! Happy Thanksgiving; stay safe!

  12. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  13. I saw the Polar Express for the first time last year. I think I missed something because the kids were so excited and I wasn’t as impressed. Uh oh:) However, I bet it sure was fun in person. I would have loved to see you passing out candy canes in your PJs, lol…

    Thanks for sharing, Channon…Wishing you and yours a GRAND Thanksgiving, Channon. Stay safe:)

  14. K M says:

    Christmas spirit doesn’t need to arrive until Friday or even Monday. Have a wonderful thanksgiving in the woods.

  15. Nichole says:

    Looks like a grand time was had by all! 🙂 Love the theme!

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