Christmas Festival

The girls and I drove out to the Silver Falls Christmas Festival with some friends this weekend. I was amazed at all they had to offer! The buildings there are unbelievable – full of stone walls, large exposed beams, and beautiful woodwork. All the fireplaces had roaring fires, there were decorated trees everywhere, paths lined with twinkle lights and red and white striped poles.

But the crafts! They just went on and on. The girls made snowman ornaments – the snowman’s (or snowgirl’s in Ruby’s case) bodies were made of three different sized tree branch cuttings glued together. Then they had all kinds of craft supplies to decorate them. They also made pine cone bird feeders and a little graham cracker gingerbread house. We even made a large wreath full of several different kinds of freshly cut greens! There were cookies and hot chocolate, bagpipes, bands and many more craft stations we didn’t make it to in the 2.5 hours we were there. Of course, the highlight was Santa and Mrs. Claus. Ruby was a pro, but Ginger, well…maybe she was pretty smart. This stranger lured her in with a candy cane, then tried to grab her.

She started screaming and ran back to me. Smart girl. 😉 I can’t tell in this picture if Ruby is ready to knock Santa over the head with the candy cane and rescue her little sister or if she is thinking, “What is her problem? It’s Santa!” Either way, I love this photo. Thanks to my friend Amy for taking both of these pictures.

As long as the weather cooperates, I hope to make this a family tradition. It would have been magical with just a dusting of snow on the ground (its been so cold, it could have happened!) but I don’t like driving in snow and ice, so I was happy.

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