Crowns in Kansas City date back to the early 1950's. They can be found today in the Hallmark Company (Gold Crown stores), the KC Royals, Crown Center in downtown, Kansas City insignia and more. I didn't know any of this until we moved here. Which is one of the reasons I love most about relocating.....a whole new history to discover.
So, north of Kansas City, a newer development, called Zona Rosa, is bringing back those traditions with these enormous crowns that decorate the town-square-like shopping district. In fact, they hired the same team to build these crowns today that built them over half a century ago. The owner of the company helped install some of the originals with his father in the 1960's. Pretty cool.
On Saturday we drove north of the city to Zona Rosa to see the enormous tree and crowns lit. While there, we trapped Jack and Lainey in this old school phone booth. And, it was quiet for 3.67 seconds. Then, we let them out.
We saw live reindeer.
And, Lainey sported yet, another, Mae Mae dress. This one was a surprise......it made my day! Coco, notice the shoes, too......those are the squeakers (sans squeaks), you sent me over the summer. The little shrimp can still wear them!
The children made crowns out of foam at The Grove.
And, Jack......with his creative vision......saw a choo-choo track in the materials, thus begging Lainey to let him have hers. Everything has train-possibilities. Didn't you know?
Jack put his crown on and then tried to balance his head on it. OK. Sometimes we don't ask.
Punkin with Mama.
Another crown, pre-lit. They each are about 17 feet wide and weigh 2,000 pounds. They hang 30 feet above the streets that run through.
Snap out of it, Laine.
More Christmas crafts.
And, then, Mr. Stinky Feet sang some children's Christmas carols.
Santa arrived in this fancy cab.
And, Blake told the kids that Santa put bad children in the cage.
Nice, Blake. No Elf on the Shelf required this year......we'll just remind them of the cage.
Lights on......and their faces light up.......makes me smile.
And, that concludes another Starnes family Christmas event before the Thanksgiving turkey thawed.
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