Jingle Arrgh the Way! A Christmas Pirate Adventure

This sounds like a lot of fun!

When a cryptic missive is left in the crow’s nest of Captain Braid Beard’s ship, – “If it’s a treasure you will know, seek the land of Christmas snow”- the Captain immediately sets sail to find young Jeremy Jacob to assist in locating the Christmas treasure. But Jeremy is in the school Christmas play and must return for the performance in a timely fashion. With the crew promising to get him back in time, they all hoist anchor for the North Pole. Along the way Jeremy teaches the pirates the joy of basketball, the ship dodges icebergs, and a polar bear threatens. Upon arrival, they finally meet Santa Claus, who helps them to dig deeply to find the “real Christmas treasure”.

Based on a story by Melinda Long, the book, words and music were created by Janet Yates Vogt.”

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Mayor’s Christmas Tree & Fund

Mayors tree 2001I love Christmas time in Kansas City!  I’ve spent more than a few of them here.  Some of my earliest memories are of lying in the back seat of a Pontiac sedan so I could look up high enough to see the lights changing colors on the top of the Power & Light building as we’d drive by on our way to the Plaza to see the Christmas lights.  I was probably 3 or 4 at the time, but I still remember the excitement in the air.

The Mayor’s Christmas tree at Crown Center has become an iconic symbol of Kansas City Christmas.  Thousands of revelers will view it this season.  Here’s a picture of it, circa 2001.

The Kansas City tree stands over 100 feet tall, and is taller than the tree on the White House lawn and the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York.  It is decorated with 7,200 white lights and more than 1,200 ornaments.

After the holidays, the wood from the Mayor’s Christmas Tree is made into 3000 commemorative ornaments, which are sold the following year to benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.  The fund has helped to make Kansas City Christmas’ special for over 100 years.  The Mayor’s Christmas Tree fund is used to provide gift cards to qualified applicants, as well as holiday parties and gifts for needy children.  (Click here if you’d like to donate.)

Enjoy the holidays in Kansas City!