Last Friday I went over to Baton Rouge with my daughter and her family to visit the Kansas City Southern Railroad’s Holiday Express train.
This is really a fun train to see for both kids and adults. My three grand kids enjoyed the spectacle despite the extremely long wait in line to go inside the train. But it was worth the wait. There are two cabooses and a boxcar (the reindeer stable) that are heavily decorated inside with just about anything you can think of with a Christmas theme: colorful lights and ornaments, Santa Clauses, winter scenes, holiday villages, two O scale and one HO scale train layouts (lots of fun to watch), Christmas trees, and just way too many other things to list here.
Outside the train sits Santa Claus. And while waiting in line to see Santa, one can enjoy the large scale model train running around the flat car that displays the huge lit-up Santa sleigh and the reindeer.
My oldest grand daughter is nearly twelve now and is in that grey area of belief vs. disbelief in Santa. Well, ‘ole St. Nick would not hear of it. He sensed her hesitation and whispered something in her ear. Later we asked what he told her.
“When you quit believing, you start getting socks and underwear for Christmas.”