A Visit to Claus Country

'Claus Country' Christmas treesWe kicked off the Christmas season with a visit to Claus Country. The girls’ theater group has been working on this event since last spring. The theater rooms were decorated for the holidays in a literal wonderland display. Each tree, sponsored by a local business, had a unique theme. All trees were for sale, too. I fell in love with a tiny little gold tree bedecked with vintage glass ornaments. My sister took home the sweet little tree and I left with wreaths — one is now attached to the front of my trusty, rusty old suburban. It’s my way of following the advice in that classic Christmas tune, “say hello to everyone you meet!” 

Mrs. Claus reading to visitorsOur boys were enthralled with Mrs. Claus. It’s not every day she appears to read ’em a story, AND they got to eat cookies and drink hot cocoa while she told them her tales. AND even more exciting, they each received a Christmas coloring book. Needless to say they did NOT want to leave!

Christmas trees decorated at the theater.This large tree was the most dramatic. It was covered in beads and masks — stunning — to say the least! Others trees included woodland, patriotic, blue Christmas, and even a nutcracker-themed tree. It was an absolutely beautiful display. And the people greeters were spectacular, too. I didn’t get a photo of Frosty the Snowman, but [she] was making the rounds, wishing visitors, “Happy Birthday!” in her best Frosty-just-woke-up voice! There were kids dressed as Christmas packages, folks singing Christmas carols, and others serving refreshments and wishing us all a merry time of year. I was especially partial to Jingle the elf …

Jingle the elf and Angelica Angel… and the grinning angel who ushered us into the music box room. The sounds of tinkling toys and merry musical pursuits filled the room as “Grandma Boots” wrapped the lovely trinkets for enthusiastic holiday shoppers.

We had a delightful time touring the trees — and what a great fundraiser for a group of kids (and their mentors!) who have been decorating trees and wreaths since the dog days of summer!

'Claus Country' Christmas TreesIf you’re local and wish to participate in future theater productions in any way, shape or form, head over to Facebook and ‘like’ The CAST – Carroll Aspiring Stage Theatrics page.

What festive events are you attending this holiday season? Is your Christmas tree adorned with your favorite ornaments or do you wait until later to deck the halls? I’d love to know how your Christmas season is progressing — share in the comments below! Maybe your experiences will give the rest of us some new ideas. Merry Christmas, friends!


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    Denise Laubacher December 8, 2014 (9:03 am)

    Wished we’d known more about it! It looks fabulous! The boys faces…serious business that Mrs. Claus 🙂

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      Jennifer Kiko December 8, 2014 (10:31 am)

      I think it was a combination of Mrs. Claus and cookies! lol

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    Robyn December 8, 2014 (9:08 am)

    What a neat fundraising idea and great way to get into the Holiday Spirit.

    In South Dakota they have a Parade of Trees at the State Capitol. I haven’t been there to see it for 10 years; we are going to try to go this year. If I remember right there are over 100 trees decorated by organizations all over the State.

    I have a 4 foot frosted Christmas Tree that I will get out and decorate soon. I do have my winter village out though.