“I’m On A Float”
So, tonight we met up with some friends and went to the Christmas parade in town. Now, I grew up going to small town Christmas parades and there’s still something fun about bundling up grabbing some hot chocolate, blankets and folding chairs and sitting on the sidewalk to watch these folks roll by yelling ‘Merry Christmas’ and waving.
Tonight as we were standing there, and I was watching all the kids lined up waving, smiling and eagerly waiting for the floats that went by tossing candy out to them, and I started thinking about how many ‘rules’ that we work so hard to teach our kids that are being destroyed.
‘Don’t play in the street’, we say. ’Don’t play near moving vehicles’, we say. ’Don’t take candy from strangers’ we say. But this one night, the night of the ‘small-town Christmas parade’ all these things are tossed out the window like the candy they are scrambling for.
“Come on kids, lets go out into unhealthy, frigid conditions, and run out into the street as close as you can to a Dodge Ram covered in Christmas lights, and crawl around on the ground looking for candy thrown by some guy dressed as a wise man. Oh yeah, and there really are four Santa Clauses.”
Seriously though, we had a great time. The kids loved it. We came home with full pockets of candy, and are slowly warming back up.
So let’s hear it. Are you a Christmas parade goer?