Christmas in the Midwest is my favorite time of year. If snow decides to fall, in any amount, even better. We were blessed to spend part of the holiday season with my husband’s family in Kansas City and then headed to my family’s homestead in Missouri for another week.
Our Missouri Christmas weather was warm (enough) so we spent family time outside, yeah! Leaves of all colors covered the ground. Red tailed hawks, titmice, downy woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, chickadees and cardinals were easy to spot among empty branches.
We visited the historic Union Station in St. Louis and took a train to Santa’s toy shop at the North Pole on the North Pole Railway (magically, only a 20 minute ride north along the Mississippi River). My mother recalls going to Union Station to see her older brother take a train with other Navy recruits, headed to San Diego to prepare to fight in World War II. She would have been around 13 years old. My Uncle Allen is now 90 years old and can tell amazing stories from that time.
Within Union Station, there is a wonderful fudge shop. We at a LOT of fudge and cookies. And we giggled. So, so fun.
The quality of the pictures might be rough but it was a lovely, lovely time. I hope you all had a beautiful holiday season as well. May your New Year be all that you wish for!