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07 Jan 2019
Christmas at the Carolands

Is it really 2019 already?  I feel like just yesterday we were planning Summer Camp 2018!  Where did the year go?  Did I pull a Sleeping Beauty and miss an entire chunk of time?  Or slip through a crack in the time-space continuum?

I don't know if it's because I'm getting older, but the years seem to be racing by. As the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland declares, "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date".

Which brings me to this very belated post about Christmas at The Carolands (no dear reader, this is not an essay on how I plan to capture more moments and slow down this year....)

For the past 10 years we have been invited to plan and execute the Carolands Children's Christmas party for LifeMoves, an organization dedicated to aiding families during times of need.  "LifeMoves provides safe, clean, and modern living spaces, nutritious food, counseling and mental health supportive services, therapeutic childcare and after-school activities, job and housing search assistance, and additional program services".  Their goal is to keep families together and offer them a safe environment to live while helping them get back to a self-sufficient life.  It's an amazing organization and I count myself blessed to be able to participate every year.  The party is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Johnson, who graciously donate funds for this spectacular party.  Various members of the community including Keith from Talbott's Toys donate their time, talents and money to make this event a success.

This year we had over 70 kids participate. Although outside it was cold and rainy, inside the mansion there was nothing but warmth and happiness. 

We sang Christmas carols and answered questions about this extraordinary home, watched a magic show, visited with Santa, made Christmas cookies, stuffed plush snowmen, and made their very own winter hats (which trust me, with the way the weather is looking this year, they are going to need). 

It was a year filled with amazing children who asked shared jokes, dance steps, smiles, laughter and intriguing questions.

It's such a pleasure to be involved with such an amazing program.  As the reality of homelessness in our area grows ever more present it's important to remember those hardest hit are often children; not just at Christmas, but everyday.   If you've got the time, I urge you to check out LifeMoves and all that they do, because although time might seem like it's slipping away, when you are homeless these days can seem endless.