Thinking of the Christmas holidays always brings back some fun memories from the past, specifically my young childhood. My parents always did their best to make sure my brother and I had a Merry Christmas every year. 

We grew up in a small town but there were always plenty of holiday community activities to keep families festive. You could go visit Santa, there wasn't a mall but there was a designated building where they held events like that. One event we all looked forward to every year was the towns annual Santa Claus parade. 

The community got together and created a lovely display of floats, musical acts, mascots and characters to trot around town down main street and beyond to celebrate our holiday festivities. Some floats and characters would throw candies and candy canes, it was always fun to be a bystander getting early Christmas treats. 

My father was involved in a community club that contributed annually to the Christmas parade and other things in the town. One year my father was asked to be an M&M candy in the parade. We thought it was fantastic, our dad would be a local star for the day! At least in our eyes. The best part of him being involved was that my brother and I got the chance to actually ride the parade in Santa's sleigh. 

I don't remember how old I was or what year it was, mid-1980's for sure. That Christmas though I was one proud little girl. Proud to be "Santa's helper" and toss candy at the bystanders and proud my dad was marching in front as one of my favourite candies. 

We don't go to the Santa Claus parade in Ottawa but we do catch them on TV and the kids enjoy watching. It's just too difficult to make a day of it when you're limited in transportation and have three kids bundled up to bring. That's okay though, they've always preferred Santa from afar. 

I love the holidays and I am happy although we don't do the same things we did growing up, we are able to create and continue our own holiday traditions and tell stories to our little ones about the adventures we had when we were their ages. That's what the holidays are all about, making the memories and warming the heart. 

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in the new year!

    1. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well! As per the moderation unfortunately we've had a share of trolls leaving link comments etc it helps weed out the real comments which I always welcome and love so thank you! :))

  3. Wow! You have a good memory to remember all those heartfelt warm, and fun memories about the Santa Parade living in a small town community. I remember you and your brother getting a chance to go on one of the floats, and throw candy out to the crowd, but I dont remember the M&M part your dad played. lol

    Nice to have those memories to cherish and pass onto your own children now.

    Merry Christmas! xxxxx


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