Family Christmas R & R – Dec. 3-5, 2021
Fredericksburg, TX, at Christmas time, reminds me of a Dicken’s Christmas Village. The town officially sets off the season with it’s lighted parade. This year there were an estimated 130 – 140 units in the parade. Needless to say, IT WAS AWESOME! Our photographer took pictures of several floats during the parade. They are included in the R & R Photo Album.
Hosting a family R & R the weekend of the parade is an annual event for us. This year there were twelve (12) families participating including eight (8) children ranging in age from 4 to 17. Friday evening dinner was provided by the Nimitz Rotary Club in the newly restored Ballroom at the Museum of the Pacific War. Following dinner our guests stepped outside to watch the parade in an area reserved for them complete with chairs (provided by the museum). After the parade, everyone scattered – some going to the After Glow Party, some enjoying galleries as part of the Friday Night Art Walk and others explored main street and went ice skating.
Saturday turned out to be another gorgeous day to be outside for the families to check out main street, explore the country side or just hang out. Lunch was at Gattis Pizza where each child received a $10 game card. There was so much to see and do that everyone stayed busy until dinner at St. Joseph’s Halle. The Catholic Daughters provided a delicious meal and lots of toys for the children to select from. It was a fun filled evening.
During their time in Fredericksburg, our guests were provided free admission to the Museum of the Pacific War, Pioneer Museum, Ice Skating and Fritztown Cinema in addition to their lodging and meals.
It is only because of the generosity of this community that we are able to provide a weekend where the Warriors and their family can leave the stress of everyday appointments and struggles behind and relax and play a little. This weekend was made possible by: The Nimitz Rotary Club, The Catholic Daughters, Inn on Baron’s Creek, Mr. Gattis Pizza, the Ephrim Andrews Chapter DAR, Pioneer Museum, National Museum of the Pacific War and numerous volunteers.