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Keep the Home Fires Burning

Keep the home fires burning for soldiers everywhere called to protect “hearth and home.” Remember them in the many blessings we count this Thanksgiving Day.

Keep the Home Fires Burning
Keep the Home Fires Burning

Reindeer kisses

Pucker up!

Took another Turner Coach day trip in October to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, Ill.

This Flying Reindeer Ranch owned by Julie and Mark Hardy is open for tours Sept. through Dec. and I highly recommend it for kids from 1 to 92!

Their chuckwagon meals are top notch; the reindeer are gentle as kittens.

Watching a pumpkin shoot about a half mile from a cannon was a blast, or should I say splat!

Other attractions include a huge corn maze, paint ball games, wagon rides, Christmas trees, barn gift shop, Branson-style dinner show and more!

A few things we learned about their reindeer.

They did fly at one time … on an airplane from Alaska to Illinois.

Their hooves click, click, click when they walk … thus the reference in the Christmas song.

Honest to God, Julie says, they really do a reindeer dance when Illinois gets its first snow of the year.

They don’t jump fences as the deer around here would.

These reindeer LOVE graham crackers. Once when they CLIMBED a snow drift (their hooves are like snow shoes) over the fence they followed a graham cracker trail back home.

They give out kisses if you pucker up with a graham cracker.