SNOW in Bahrain you ask?!?!? Well, ONLY when Santa Clause visits base.
Last night the base hosted a "Lighting of the Christmas Tree Celebration" and all were invited! It was really something to behold!
We arrived to hear beautiful caroling and songs of Christmas. It was fun listening to the nerby parents and children joining in the singing of their favorite Christmas classics while snacking on popcorn and milk & cookies.
There was an wonderful live nativity that featured children from base as well as a REAL camel!!! Only in Bahrain, right? Love it!
After the children sang their hearts out everyone's attention was turned to the unlit Christmas tree. With a big loud countdown backwards from 10 the tree was lit! Oh, the "Oooos & Ahhhhs" just melted my heart! And THEN, what's WHAT?!?!? Is it? Could it be? OH MY GOODNESS - SNOW!!!! SNOW IN BAHRAIN! (at least that's what the children thought) only the most clever adult could tell that it was soft soapy foam being blown into the night air. All I could think was "NICE TOUCH MWR, you guys are good - REALLY good!" ;)
Once the snow was blowing we heard some bells... it must be... could it be... SANTA! Yeah, Santa flew in all the way from the North Pole to meet the children of NSA Bahrain and wish them a Merry Christmas. The kids all lined up to sit on Santa's lap and whisper their heart's desires to the Jolly Old Elf, and I just stood there smiling in-spite of myself. ;)
It really was quite a magical evening and the boys (as well as this Mommy) were sucked into the winter wonderland experience. What a beautiful way to wrap up Tanner's 6th birthday and get us into the Christmas spirit!