Thursday, December 29, 2011

Singing Feliz Navidad on a Train with Elves

I almost forgot--before I can officially move past Christmas, I have to post about our trip on the Polar Express.  A few days before Christmas, we went on a train ride from Filmore, California, to the North Pole.  But as luck would have it, the North Pole was only a half hour away from our departure station.  Here are a few pics:

 Getting ready to board (we all wore PJs, in case that's not evident in the pic)

 Me boarding the train (Moo took this one)

The conductor punching our tickets

 An elf ("Sparky") reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas"

 Mike, Moo, Carey, Nettie, and Lucas

 Teri, Trin, and Elijah

 The boys looking all innocent (they were being rowdy seconds before)

 Santa surprising the kids with candy canes

We also ate cookies and drank chocolate milk during our train ride, and sang a ton of Christmas carols.  They actually gave us sheets of music so that we could make requests.  There were a few off-list carols requested, such as Feliz Navidad, which was just damn hilarious because most of the passengers fudged the lyrics through the Spanish parts of the song, not really knowing the words.  "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" was another funny one.  When we got to the figgy pudding part of the song, people started changing the lyrics to "We won't go until we get some because we're selfish bastards who have a strange obsession with figgy pudding"...or something like that. 

There was one part of the night where the thought occurred to me, "I'm singing Feliz Navidad on a train at night with a bunch of elves."  I resisted the urge to pinch myself, because the whole thing seemed a little dream-like.  Seriously, if you have even a little bah-humbugness around the holidays, this train would have been your worst nightmare. 

Okay, now I'm done talking about Christmas.  

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