Christmas At Union Station

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

With Thanksgiving behind us, most of us turn our attention to Christmas. It is a magical time of year, especially for children because Santa will soon be here.

But before all of that we have to prepare for the holiday and lighting is one of the first steps. Midtown Crossing is the latest to hold a holiday lights ceremony starting a tradition that will continue to grow. But for many people in Omaha, it just isn't Christmas until they see the tree at the Western Heritage Museum.

They have been lighting a Christmas tree almost every year for the past 79 years. And that tradition continues to grow. It has been a Christmas tradition since the museum was a working train station. It's a tradition Alicia Vanden Bosch wants to pass onto her granddaughters.

"My parents brought me here and it was for the lighting of the tree also. I must have been about their age and I had fond memories. I have fond memories of the big tree and the lights."

And Santa Claus as no visit to the tree lighting ceremony would be complete without a visit to Saint Nick. Tisha and Cinda told Santa what that wanted while their grandma took pictures during the visit. The girls are confident they have made the "good list" for another year.

But away from the jolly elf, the girls reverted back to being shy.

Tisha Vanden Bosch says, "She thinks that we're on TV." You are on TV, you just met Santa Claus what's bigger than that? TV is going to be easy for you.

The traditional Christmas at the Durham endures because it brings families closer. Whether it is decorating Christmas cookies or waiting in line to see Santa, the time together is precious and something to be passed on.


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