Catching the Christmas spirit in Wisconsin
But he resort is aswarm with parents and excited little ones here to meet with Mrs. Santa Cluas in a cookie decorating workshop and then see the Joly Old Elf himself. Sanya holds forth beneath a brightly decorated tree near an old fashioned sleigh filled with wrapped gitfs. Inside a nearby room is a wonderful buffet - with knee high serving stations for little children. A pianist plays and sings christmas carols.
I just finishd up my Christmas shopping at the Christmas market, where 100 vendors are gathered in their booths beneath a large white tent it a football field sized space that has another life as a parking lot. Each of the vendors is in its own smaller tent draped with pine boughs and twinkle lights. Many of them are from Germany, and the Czech Republic and even Istanbul and Russia. They bring handcrafts from family businesses and community cooperatives, offering bargains for really unusal merchandise. Plenty of Wisconsin folks, from cheesemakers to knitters and even a family who makes items from reindeer antlers. Their reindeer are outside the tent, posing for photos and I,m told theyll come indoors tomorrow for the resort's gala Sunday brunch.
It's about 15 dgrees out now and our group is scheduled for a horse drawn sleigh ride in about a half hour. So I'm back in my room to bundle up, with a fire going in my fireplace and still warm inside from the gluwein I sampled at the Christmas market.