A few days ago Bird in Hand posted this status on their Facebook wall. Brooks had shared this story with them.
Bird in Hand is a local store here in Chico. They sell all sorts of fun stuff for adults and kids. Bird in Hand also hosts the National Yo-Yo Museum. I used to take Wyatt to Bird in Hand for Yo-Yo lessons occasionally on weekends. He was in awe of the older kids who could do all the crazy yo-yo tricks.
Every year, downtown Chico hosts Christmas Preview on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. All the stores are open for the evening showing off their goods for the holiday season. Some shop windows are filled with dancers or singers. Santa is there for the kids. And many of the shops give out cookies and maybe even hot cider.
We go every year. It’s great fun and a great way to start the holiday season.
An important stop during Christmas Preview is always Bird in Hand. Bird in Hand always hands out a new button for the season. The year that Wyatt was maybe 4 or 5, he really got into the buttons from Bird in Hand. Before we left the house for Christmas Preview that year, we collected all the buttons I had from previous years and pinned them on his Santa hat to wear to Christmas Preview. He was so anxious to get his new button to add to his hat. Since then, every year he would wear his Santa hat with all the buttons so he could get the new button for the year and add it to the collection.
We still haven’t missed a year of Christmas Preview. And perhaps the most important stop is Bird in Hand for our buttons. And we still get one for Wyatt’s Santa hat.