12.23.2012

All Aboard Santa's Train!

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We got to take a ride on Santa's special Christmas train,
and Hudson was over the moon.

There is just something about little boys and choo-choo's, right?
I think a love for locomotives just comes along with the male chromosomes in this family. 
(Will is just as enamored with trains as little Hudson!)

The North Alabama Railroad Museum is a perfectly quaint little station located
just north of Huntsville. Though it is a fully functioning station,
in many ways, it's a place that time forgot.
There are lots of historical engines and artifacts,
photos and maps....
tons of fun ways to pass an afternoon.
But the day we were there was extra special, 
because at 3 o'clock,
the train rolled in with a very special passenger on board:
Santa Claus!!

Hudson climbed on board with lots of other little smiling faces,
and claimed his seat beside the window.
As he waited for St. Nick to visit him on the train,
he watched for pretty horses outside as the lovely scenery rolled by.
Before he knew it, 
Santa was coming over to sit beside him! 
Hudson loved crawling up in his lap,
and telling Santa that he wanted:
"lots of 'fings and a work bench".

As we chugged back into the station,
the conductor played Jingle Bells so all the children could sing.
Hudson made it known, by standing in the aisle and singing loudly,
that he would much rather hear Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
After the cute kids got the go-ahead to hop up and dance,
Hudson really let loose.
While he was dancing,
he stopped, turned to the family of four seated beside us, and said:
"I can do the butterfly."
Oh my.
This little boy sure keeps us giggling.

We all had a wonderful time on Santa's Train...
only one more day 'til he stops by our house!
Merry Christmas!!