That title might be a little misleading. We weren't all over town, we were all over base. And by "all over base" I mean we were at Josh's office "Tree Trimming and Potluck" party for lunch, then the post Tree Lighting Ceremony later in the afternoon. Also, we didn't actually trim any trees. At Josh's office thing, the younger 2 boys and I showed up and went immediately to the potluck portion of the festivities.
Later in the day, as soon as Zeke and Thomas got off the bus, I scooped up all 4 boys and took them over to the tree lighting ceremony on post, just like last year. Josh met us there, and it was a nice time. They had people in costumes this year, waving and dancing as people showed up.
The boys had a great time running around in the snow with their friends, I had a good time chatting with some of my friends, and Josh probably didn't have that good of a time continually trying to wrangle the kids.
The ceremony consisted of an adult choir that sang a few songs, then a choir made up of children from the CDC, the lighting of the tree, and Santa showing up on a fire truck.
This year, unlike last year, the boys were thrilled to see Santa and had no problem going up to him this year to get candy canes. It could be that they're old enough this year to understand a little better. OR it could be that before they went to school this morning I told them we'd be going and that Santa would be there, but just like how in Scooby-Doo the monster is always a person in a suit or a machine and there's no need to be afraid, this Santa is just a man in a suit and nothing to be afraid of. Either way, it was a fun thing to do on a chilly afternoon in November. Let the Christmas season and all its festivites begin!