As Alicia and I planned our trip to Kansas, it dawned on me that I didn’t know how long it’d been since I’d last gone home for Christmas. Living in North Chicago, Jacksonville, and San Diego for the last 8 years of Christmases (and San Diego again before all of that) has meant that I haven’t enjoyed a small town Christmas in over a decade…except for Alicia’s Hallmark movies, which all seem to be set in a small, rustic town. But I digress.
I’ve picked this subject as my last post for 2018…a nice reminder of what makes small towns wonderful at Christmas. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I’ll start with my hometown, (Girard, KS) because…yeah. Girard is a town of roughly 2,700 souls. As it does every year, GN Bank (formerly Girard National Bank) hosted a Christmas Eve dinner. I took the opportunity to get around the square and take some snaps:
One of my favorite daytime displays came from the town of Portales, New Mexico, a town of roughly 12,000 people:
My favorite nighttime display of the trip came from Coffeyville, Kansas. Coffeyville is special because it’s one of those towns that fairly closely resembles what I modeled Sunset after (10,000 people):
I was pleased to see that the mighty Big Brutus coal shovel museum in West Mineral, Kansas (population 200), was decked out for the holidays too!
We saw a neat little line of Christmas Trees just outside of Glenpool, Oklahoma (population ~ 14,000):
Season’s Greetings from Ruidoso Valley (population 7,700)!
The following pictures were taken at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs. This horse is one of the bronze sculptures that make up the “Free Spirits at Noisy Waters,” sculpted by Dave McGary.