Tuba Christmas 2015

Today was one of our family’s favorite quirky Christmas events…Tuba Christmas!


We were there early enough to see the calm before the tuba storm:


We enjoyed the event even more this year, because our pastor was part of the tuba choir!



You haven’t heard “Carol of the Bells” until you’ve heard it played by tubas!

It’s always nice to see what a large crowd gathers to enjoy the music:


Thanks to some sound-canceling headphones, Moose was able to enjoy it this year, making this our best Tuba Christmas yet!


Tuba Christmas 2014

We missed Tuba Christmas last year, because snow closed the top level of the Galleria parking garage, making it impossible to find a parking spot, even after 45 minutes of circling. We didn’t have that problem this year, though, and we were there to hear (and see!), all of the tubas in their Christmas-y glory!




A Sad Sight

We stopped by the Galleria today, and saw their grand Christmas tree, in a less than grand state…being dismantled.


Now, if I saw this same thing in the reverse in November, when the tree was being assembled, I’d be happy as a clam. But today, on the eleventh day of Christmas, it was a depressing sight indeed!

Tuba Christmas 2012

Attending this event is one of our quirkier Christmas traditions, but that just makes me love it all the more! As usual, we got there early enough to watch them get set up:


I love seeing the decorated tubas. Some have lights:


Or bells:


Or garlands and ornaments:


And some musicians even come in costume!


It never ceases to amaze me the sound 80+ tubas and related instruments can make…it’s an incredible event!


Merry Tuba Christmas 2011

Yesterday, we went to the St. Louis Galleria for what has seemingly become a family tradition: Merry Tuba Christmas.

We got there early, so that we could walk around the mall, and look at all the decorations, (and see it “snow” by the big mall Christmas tree!).

Since we were there so early, we got a good view of the Tuba Christmas setup–Turkey really liked this candy cane tuba.

Seeing all of the empty chairs from above just emphasizes how large this tuba choir is–over 90 tubas and euphoniums!

We finished our walk just in time to enjoy the music–except for Moose. He thought it was too loud! Actually, it was really loud–that many big brass instruments together make a lot of noise!

It’s such a weird, quirky event, but it’s also really fun. I love seeing all of the decorated tubas, and all of the players dressed in the festive garb of the season.

And you just can’t beat the sound of that many tubas playing together!

Park Day 2011

Since Ryan had the day off today, (after working all weekend), we decided to get out of the house, and make a tour of parks in the St. Louis area. Some were parks we’d been to before and loved, some were ones we’d driven past and always wanted to go to, and one was a previously unknown park, that a friend said we needed to check out.

We also did a little shopping while we were out, stopping at Petsmart to look at all the cute animals, and WalMart, so Bunny could spend her birthday money. We even walked around the St. Louis Galleria for a bit, (that was a treat for me), and went to lunch at Seamus McDaniel’s while we were out, (and got Slurpees for dessert!). But mostly today was all about parks–we played at five different playgrounds!

Vlasis Park, Ballwin, MO, (this park has some sprinklers built-in, but for some reason, they weren’t working today, which was too bad, since it was so hot!):

We also saw some really cool sculptures at Vlasis Park. The turned with the breeze, and the flower actually looked like it was blooming. That’s art I can get on board with!

Central Park, Chesterfield, MO (this was a favorite park when Turkey and Bunny were very small, and Moose was just a baby–it’s been years since we visited):

Faust Park, Chesterfield, MO (this is a cool county park, which has an historic village, a butterfly house, and a carousel on the property):

Deer Creek Park, Maplewood, MO (it’s a spaceship park–what else do I need to say?):

Swansea Kingdom Playground at Schranz Memorial Park, Swansea, IL (the “castle park,” which also has an adjacent splash pad, but sadly, that was closed for repairs):

It was such a fun day, I think it will become an annual event. Next year, though, I think we’ll pick a cooler day to go!