Last night our town had it's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Charlie and I made a date night out of it.
The biggest event of the night was the Sleigh Ride, and I HAD to take Charlie.
I had been talking it up all day about how just Charlie and mommy were going to ride the horsies and see the lights. He was totally loving the idea.
As we were walking the 3 miles to the end of the sleigh ride line, I realized that the rest of the town and all neighboring towns had the same idea as I did.
We were staying, though, because of all the buildup.
If I had to wait in an hour long line to ride a sleigh around 1 block (literally, 1 block), I could not have hand picked better people to stand around.
You know those families who tell you about how their grandma got run over by a horse and how their son had to get 3 stitches from hitting himself in the head with a pair of pliers?
Yeah, that family was in front of me.
How about the family where the husband starts a deep discussion about the Cuban Missile Crisis with his wife, and then immediately jumps to a conversation about the words of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"?
Wife, "He's making a list, checking it
Wife, "I KNOW THE WORDS, GEORGE!"
That family was behind me.
If I had been standing around regular people, I might have ditched the line early.
The whole hour I was there could have been a scene in a movie........
When initially introduced, the people around me were bizarre and comical, but ended up being very kind and interesting to talk to.
A church group clustered together on the corner and told us all that we were going to hell because we were sinners, unless we listened to what they were saying. Then busted out a chorus of "Angels We Have Heard on High".
Charlie ate 2 candy canes while pointing to every single truck and car that drove by.
With about 30 minutes left in line, a lady walked up to me and gave me 2 "fast passes" with a sweet "Merry Christmas!" and we walked straight to the front of the line.
The 10 year old boy with the family in front of us eagerly took 1 of our fast passes since Charlie would be sitting on my lap, and was so excited to go on the sleigh ride with us and the again with his family.
Charlie giggled and smiled the entire ride and I knew right then that I would never forget that moment or the entire night.