Monday, October 05, 2009

Our Christmas Angel

It's official. We're southerners.

And to drive that point home, Claire participated in her first pageant this weekend. If you didn't already realize, southerners hold a pageant for EVERYTHING. Seriously. Just our little town is known to have a Meat Pie Queen, a City of Lights Queen, Miss Merry Christmas and Miss Teen Natchitoches. We like to celebrate. We have festivals. Lots of them. Every festival has a pageant. And every pageant has a queen.

This weekend was the Natchitoches Christmas Angels Pageant. One queen is chosen for pre-k through 8th grade, and Claire was a participant this year. She donned a snazzy black & white dress with a hot pink sash and made her way across the stage (with a pivot turn in the middle, of course). Miss Merry Christmas (the high school equivalent of this pageant's queen) announced Claire's hobbies, favorite food & color, her ambitions and Christmas list (plus more!).

Claire did great! She was a nervous wreck the evening before at the rehearsal, not knowing what to expect. I think we both regretted signing up for this thing on Saturday night. But Sunday afternoon, about halfway through the 2 1/2 hour (!) long event, she made her appearance. She was lovely and graceful, confident and poised. Our big downfall was the lack of pantyhose. Yeah, I know! But as I watched girl after girl make their entrance, there was not one bare leg in sight! Oops. Okay, so I'm not that southern. I don't even own pantyhose!

Ultimately, Claire was awarded 2nd runner up for the 3rd grade division, and we couldn't be prouder! The nerves passed and Claire declared that she wants to participate again next year!

Our Angel and her trophy

I don't have more photos because I lost our camera last Christmas and have been using an old one of my moms (hence the blurry pic above!). Argh! Hopefully I can find someone who took pictures at the event!!

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