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Sunday, November 26, 2006

on Dasher, on Dancer!

Santa Claus is coming! is here!

I spent yesterday morning with my two favourite little people, welcoming the jolly old elf to town at the annual Santa Claus Parade in Markham. And we had FUN!

From the exotic ...

Marching Camel
Mr. Camel took the morning off from his usual gig at the Toronto Zoo to march in the parade. That's not a banana in his mouth, it's his big, sloppy tongue, flapping in the breeze.

To the traditional ...

J and friends on the hayride float
A Christmas hayride. That's my son J on the float (seated, in the orange jacket and Santa hat).

To the just plain freaky ...

Scariest Grinch ever!
Little Miss M and I agreed this nasty green guy was the scariest Grinch ever. Brrrrrr.

To the toe-tappin' ...

North Toronto Collegiate Marching Band
The North Toronto Collegiate Marching Band got us all warmed up and ready for the Big Guy's arrival with an enthusiastic rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

To the real reason we all rolled out of bed so early...

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!

Santa shows off his arm pit. You were expecting maybe a white beard and rosy cheeks? Unfortunately, my camera has a pesky delay between finger-click and shuttter-flick. In that split second, ol' Saint Nick decided it was time to wave to the kids on the other side of the street. Nice arm pit, though, don't you think?

More parade photos here.


At 1:10 pm, Blogger burekaboy — said...

that grinch is VERY scary. i used to have nightmares about him.

lol, i actually thought it was a banana-eating camel. glad i read your caption. that's some tongue.

we had our parade here some two or three weeks ago. glad to hear you and your two little ones had a great time. provides for long lasting memories.

At 1:43 am, Anonymous Kate said...

there is something very definately wrong in the world if Toronto can have it's Christmas parade without snow in November and Vancouver Island in the balmy banana belt has to cancel their's today for SNOW! There's just no explaining mother nature!

At 7:41 am, Blogger Ostara said...

Kate, I was thinking the same last night as I watched news footage of all that white stuff in Victoria! What a shame the parade had to be cancelled.

(Actually, Toronto's was a week ago. The one we attended was in Markham, just north of Toronto, and has a more home-grown, small town feel.)

burekaboy, Yes, it was definitely a memory-maker. One of the little joys of being a grandma. :-)

Funny how we all remember our childhood nightmare-inducing 'frights'. Mine was a grocery store encounter with the Planter's Peanut man. [shudder]


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