Santa Claus Comes to Town--on an Appaloosa!

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I did a bit of volunteer work yesterday morning, on behalf of the Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center in Moscow, idaho. The occasion was the museum's annual holiday open house, where the big drawing card is the appearance of Santa Claus riding right up to the building on a picture-perfect Appaloosa. Hundreds of area children--and I do mean hundreds--poured into the museum for the occasion, waiting for a turn to have their pictures taken atop the unbelievably patient horse, and to whisper their Christmas fantasies to Santa.

They also got to decorate horse-shaped cookies with frosting and colored sprinkles (an activity that produces Appaloosas of the edible kind) , and to play in the museum's children's area, try on kid-sized cowboy boots, color Appaloosa pictures, and so forth. The whole activity is one big smile fest for all concerned, and my task of keeping the cookie trays filled kept me busy, not to mention dietarily challenged. Beautiful snowflakes fell the whole time, putting everyone into the holiday mood.

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What a day brightener!