Christmas at Ardenwood

Ardenwood Christmas 047This morning we attended another wonderful seasonal event at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont…. “Christmas at Ardenwood”.  We had a great time, even though it was raining – perhaps even more because of the wet weather.  I was frightened this would be a crowded event, as festivals here usually are.  I was pleasantly surprised that there were only ten cars in the parking lot when we arrived… heaven for my crowd-averse self.

The first thing my son wanted to do upon arrival was find and talk with Santa.  We enjoyed a lovely walk through the rain to the historic Patterson House, where we thought he’d be.  But, no, he wasn’t there!  I, at least, thought the house was decorated beautifully for the season.  We had to move quickly along, though, on our search for Santa.  We found him at our next stop…

Santa was standing, gasp!, all alone in front of the Granary.   He walked right up to my son and started a conversation about Batman (because of my son’s raincoat), and then asked my son what he’d like for Christmas.  My five-year-old quickly replied, “A Lightsaber!”  Then Santa told my son about how new Star Wars movies are going to be made with the original Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leah.  What a treat for my boy to have a relaxed conversation with Santa, without any other kids around.

With the meeting with Santa behind us, we were able to enjoy the rest of the festivities.  We made holiday crafts (little sheep with real wool, pipe cleaner candy canes, book marks decorated with holiday stamps, etc), ate seasonal treats (a candy cane dipped in chocolate and cookies), and listened to the festive live music.  We also walked around to visit our usual favorites at the farm, such as the sheep, the goats, and the peacocks.

What a beautiful way to spend a rainy morning!  Of course, as we were leaving, the storm moved on and the sun came out.  I hope more families were able to make it to the farm this afternoon to enjoy the event in the sunshine!

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If you missed this event, but still want to see the Patterson House decorated for the holidays, you may want to go on Friday evening, December 7th, between 5-8:45pm for “A Christmas Evening at the Patterson House”.

22 Comments

  1. Laurie says:

    Lovely photos! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks! Happy new year to you, too!

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  2. Such a gorgeous house!

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  3. What beautiful images and tradition! Being a total geek, I am especially interested in the “new” star wars movies with Han, Leah and Luke? Thanks for stoping by my site as well. 🙂

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Thank you, Darla! Yes, fun Star Wars information, isn’t it? We’ll be looking forward to watching the new trilogy.

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      1. me too! sorry for the tardiness of this reply; I’ve stopped getting word press notifications. ?????

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  4. David1985 says:

    Great series of photos–especially liked the beautiful victorian home. It lookslike your son(?) is enjoying his candy cane. Really nice blog and thanks for visiting mine.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Yes, he’s my son, and he was sooo loving the chocolate on that candy cane. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. elleturner4 says:

    Lovely photos 😉

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  6. Deb Platt says:

    Loved the Star Wars conversation with Santa… it’s very important that he stay up to date with the popular culture. 🙂

    The Patterson House is just lovely.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      The Patterson House is lovely. They really go all out decorating the inside for the holidays. And, yes, it’s a job requirement that Santa stay up-to-date with what the kids are into.

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  7. buckylb says:

    your photos captured the place, the event, the season

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  8. How nice that your son had a private audience! Very unusual, I agree. And Santa had a very authentic look, too. And now I’m curious about the Star Wars movies, too! 🙂 Lots to ponder. LOL!

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Technically, he was “Father Christmas”, dressed in traditional Victorian garb. Very cool! And, yes, I read about the Star Wars movies a few weeks ago. Mark Hamill has confirmed he’s interested in doing the movie, and it was also suggested that the other two are considering it, too. Disney purchased Lucasfilm, so we can only hope they’ll remain true to the series.

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      1. I think we are all just a little bit curious/concerned about the Disney purchase. Can you imagine the uproar if they don’t do it well? Oh my!

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  9. gpicone says:

    beautiful photos.

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  10. thirdeyemom says:

    Love the picture of your son in his raincoat! Five is such a precious age! My son just turned 8 and still is very sweet and loving. Enjoy the magic of the holidays through his eyes! My kids are so excited! 🙂

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      It’s such a magical time of year, and we hope to enjoy it to the fullest by being in the here and now. I do so love experiencing it with him. 🙂 Enjoy your holidays, too!

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