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A Harrisburg White Christmas?

I woke up really early this morning, looking outside hoping to see snow on my lawn.  My kids just love it when it snows over Christmas (truthfully, what kids don’t?) and given that this is the first year we’re not altogether as a family (first Christmas-divorce), I was hoping that a white Christmas would make things a little better.

I’ve been on top of Accuweather for days.  First of all it looked like there was going to be snow in Harrisburg, then they said it would only be up until Christmas Eve and now it looks like their prediction for a non-white Christmas was correct.

We did enjoy a bit of snow yesterday though.  The kids actually tried to build a snowman but there didn’t seem quite enough white fluffy stuff on the ground yet.  Still, they certainly had a jolly good time trying and, truthfully, this year I even got into it with them.  I think in years past I never did because it always bothered Joanne – now we’re no longer together I can be a kid again.  She hated how they made such a mess of the house when they were done so I always tried to stop them too.  But this year, as the old adage goes, when the cat’s away, the mice will play.  And it seems like these mice are going to be playing for a long time to come.

Here’s to a merry Christmas to all in Harrisburg – white or not!

Harrisburg Kids’ Activities

I had a few ideas for this weekend for the kids, but in the end none of them seemed appropriate since the kids seemed particularly tired and asked if they could just chill out at home.  I was pretty happy about that actually because it showed that they are really getting comfortable in my home – something I was initially concerned about.  So we had a nice, relaxing time and I started looking into stuff for the next time they can.

My middle kid loves music so I was thrilled when I found out about the 96th Pennsylvania Farm Show, which is inviting kids to show off their musical talents after the New Year.  It really is kids from 8-18, but I think my youngest – being pretty tall – can pass for an 8-year old, providing they’re not so stringent on the age-thing. It’s set to take place at Harrisburg’s Expo Center.

I’m really proud of him actually.  He’s a good kid and it seems the divorce hasn’t affected him so much. I’m so glad he has his brothers – that for sure helps them all – but the fact that he’s always trying to do well and achieve something new, is really great and I’m glad the problems me and my ex had don’t seem to be affecting him too badly.

So that was my weekend; quiet but way nicer with the kids than being alone.

Santa Claus is Coming…to Harrisburg!

It seems that Harrisburg is going to be privy to a great Christmas as the town’s Hershey’s Park becomes Candylane!  The town will be laden with fun events and entertainments as well of course, great candy.  Even if you’re not from the area, it might be worth booking into one of the hotels near the venue so you’ll be just a hop, skip and jump away from Candylane, where you’ll be privy to over two million decorative lights and other fun festive adornments.  As well, you can meet the characters famous in Hershey-land, and join your kids on all the cool rides there.  If you are going to be one of those fun parents, then you cannot miss out on the Twilight Express.

For the music-lovers amongst you, you can enjoy A Rockin’ Music Box Christmas Show and for the kids who love the whole Christmas spirit, the tales at Christmas Candylane Storytime will be a real hit.  Chocoholics will love Christmas in Chocolate Town (decadent meal with amazing chocolate dessert and live entertainment) and Hershey Sweet Lights is a great drive-thru from the comfort of your own car.

This really is a great outing for everyone in the family – be sure not to miss it.