Last Sunday was one of the most anticipated days of the year for our family…the day we head west to St. Charles for the Christmas Traditions festival!
As we have for the last few years, we started at Llewelyn’s Pub for lunch:
We then stopped at the Gingerbread Village to see the creations and vote for our favorites (we even got to see the trophy this year!). I loved the Eiffel Tower, because it was both timely and beautiful.
We then saw the parade for only the second time ever…and this year, we even saw the whole thing!
I especially seeing all of the flags of the world:
Another first for us was seeing the cast skit, in the form of a game show. It was just as hilarious as you would expect!
The main attraction is getting as many character cards as possible. We did pretty well this year, finding all but nine of the 42 characters!
My favorite is always the Master of Revels, so I was very glad we got to see him, and hear him give out all the wrong holiday greetings (Happy Arbor Day in November?!?):
Another family favorite is Jack Frost…he always makes us laugh!
And even though I’m normally anti-Santa, I really love the Frontier Santa, because he’s exactly how I pictured the character when reading Little House on the Prairie as a child:
It’s always fun to see all of the decorations as you walk up and down Main Street:
We even saw a few humorous signs!
As always, I’m a little sad that it’s over for us already…but we always have next year to look forward to. One of these days, we may even collect every single card!