Saturday, December 19, 2009

All aboard the Christmas Train!

As you may have heard, we have a small son who is addicted to trains (it runs in the family, right Pop Pop?) So our ears always perk up when we hear about a new train experience. This year, for the first time, in Denton, NC, there was a Christmas train. A family owns a large farm there, and they have the Handy Dandy Railroad that runs a loop around their farm. After purchasing Christmas decorations as towns were getting new ones, they have begun what we hope will be an annual tradition.
After about an hour ride, we arrived...and entered through a candy cane lines lane. Crossing the tracks and there it was, the Christmas train! Fully decorated, piping Christmas songs, it was exciting for the adults AND Brant!
The ride was about 20 minutes long, but oh so wonderful! The decorations were extensive, even the tractors were outlined! We stopped, about half-way through, at a large screen, where we watched the true story of Christmas.
After the ride, we visited the farm buildings, which include a grist mill, general store, church, gas station and a few others. We bought corn meal that was ground there, and some great dinner, as we were starving. Despite freezing temperatures (it was spitting snow) we all had a wonderful time! There was even a Maryann (you know, Mike Mulligan's steam shovel) outlined in lights! It was a wonderful winter wonderland!
The crazy lights are actually the lights on the locomotive. Brant was looking at us, but at the last minute, the locomotive blew its horn, startling me, making me jump!

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