CTA Holiday Train Makes Everybody Merry

| December 14, 2010 | Comments (3)

santa trainWe spent a long day downtown a week ago. With feet aching and tempers being tested, we knew it was time to get our four kids back home. Yet we let one train after another pass us by.

My eight-year-old daughter couldn’t figure it out. “Why don’t we get on this train, Mom?”

“That one is too dirty,” I replied.  We had not told the kids that the Holiday Train was coming, because we were afraid we would miss it.  I’m sure my daughter wondered what in the world was going on, since I had never denied a train due to uncleanliness before.

The lie was worth it, however, when the CTA Holiday Train pulled into the station. I watched each child’s face move from confusion to awe as Santa Claus rode by, in his sleigh, on his train car.

“Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!” he cried to each person. Everyone’s faces filled with smiles. Suddenly aching muscles and crabby attitudes were forgotten. As everyone crammed their way onto an already full train, nobody complained. In fact, on our entire trip, I did not hear a single negative remark. Two weeks before Thanksgiving, passengers were ready to embrace the holiday spirit and pass it on to others.

We rode the train all the way to the end at Howard Station. Gradually we were able to spread out a little bit, finally managing to find a seat. We admired the Santa-upholstered seats, the tinsel-decorated car and laughed at the holiday-themed “ads” (like the one for optometrist, “Yul C. Clearly”).

I couldn’t imagine a better end for our already full and fun day downtown.  My  kids will always remember the time they rode the train with Santa.

And I will always remember their sweet faces.

photo by maxintosh

You can read more about Melanie’s holiday celebrations with her family at her blog, tales from the crib.

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About Melanie Myatt: Melanie stills feel like a child inside, even though she now finds herself the mother of four kids. Her student husband has promised that life will get easier when he is done with school, but she isn't holding her breath. In spite of two master's degrees, she's somehow never had a real job. Nevertheless, she dreams of the day when she can be . . . something. For now, she spends her days folding laundry, cooking, eating, cleaning up, wiping noses, changing diapers, and re-reading countless children's books. When she can, she tries to find time for some grown-up types of thoughts to record at tales from the crib. View author profile.

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  1. Garima says:

    How cool is that, I really should look up the schedule of the same and surprise my daughter… !

  2. 2kop says:

    I’ve never seen this train in person, but I’ve read a lot about it and think it is very cool. I would love a Hanukkah car (maybe on the Skokie Swift, now known as the Yellow Line). CTA, are you listening?

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