over the holidays my mom booked a tour at the strickland place farm for an evening of christmas festivites. we picked up my four year old niece* and headed north in search of reindeer. by the time we reached the farm, the sun was setting and the temperature was quickly dropping. savannah was shivering and wrapped up in a blanket but ecstatic by all of the twinkling lights hanging from the barn. we grabbed hot chocolate, got our picture taken with snowflake and waited for the tour to start.
we learned about the history of the farm that belonged to the strickland family. back in the early 1900's, one of the strickland men built and ran a general store on the corner of the farm. pepper's general store still stands today stocked with all of the authentic items from years passed. my favorite were the vintage cameras lining the shelves and the mini gas station built out front. we also walked around sonny's toy store which included thousands of toys from 1900 thru the 1960's. my mom pointed out toys she remembered from her childhood and it was neat listening to her stories. before leaving the farm, we got to feed the reindeer graham crackers and while noticing savannah sneaking a few bites we realized it was time for dinner.
i had so much fun sharing this experience with my mom and watching the excitement savannah felt seeing actual reindeer. it put a little extra holiday spirit in all of us right before christmas.