Well, thats what my darling granddaughter Paige is utterly convinced of.
We went to the place where we always get our fresh Christmas tree, a farm just outside our town. We were so hoping that the reindeer they have had there for the last few years would be there again this year, because Paige was so fascinated by them last year. And we were not disappointed, Rudolph and a lot of his reindeer friends were there, munching away on hay, mostly ignoring all the kids ( and adults!) staring at them. Rudolph himself was in a pen all on his own. Well, thats understandable, I mean the biggest star always gets a room all to himself, right? It might also have had something to do with his huuuuuuuuuuge antlers, they did look quite scary. But thats why we couldn't get a decent picture of him. Still, you can see his big antlers, they were what convinced Paige that he was the real thing, the REAL RUDOLPH -
And just look at his friends, they are such beautiful animals -
Paige was really smitten by them and was so excited. She told me that they would only be on the farm until Christmas Eve though, because then Santa needed them to pull the sleigh, bless her.
Last year they allowed the children into the pen to stand near the reindeer, and we were hoping that they would do the same again this year. We thought we had better go and pick a Christmas tree while we were waiting for the people in charge to turn up -
When we went back to the barn after spending a good half hour finding our perfect tree, they were just setting up the camera and lights etc., to take photos of the kids with the reindeer. We waited patiently for the first lot of kids to have their picture taken and then Paige was allowed in with the reindeer. She was a little cautious at first -
but soon got over the initial nerviousness and loved being so close to the reindeer who would soon be pulling Santa's sleigh -
We had a wonderful couple of hours, an emotional reminder of what our Christmasses were like when our boys were little.