Other years, there have been plastic reindeer at the Newport Aquarium during the Christmas season, hidden in plain sight. This year the reindeer were absent, but we still had a good time. There was a small line to see Scuba Santa, but we passed on that. We'll see the REAL Santa at Macy's on Friday.
In the area where the tropical birds used to live, there are now lively little otters and some other displays. We were glad to see those birds go, and in fact often skipped that room. Aaron took this picture.
In the evening, we went to see the room-size Christmas display at the Camboni Mission. Some friends remember going there as children. There is a small museum too, and somewhere in the museum is a long knife or two. Aaron used to call the experience going to see "Baby Jesus and the Night of the Long Knives."
Aaron's Montessori preschool and kindergarten is in the rear of the Camboni Mission building. Prior to going inside, we made a trip to the back of the building and reminisced about the days of the car line. Sometimes I miss those days. What a good experience that was!
Aaron likes Merrill's and athletic pants to this day, that was what the children wore so they could take care of themselves without help.