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Gratitude in Alexandria: Bush Hill Presbyterian Church

Gratitude in Alexandria expresses gratitude for people, places, or hings in Alexandria, VA. In today's blog post, the author is grateful for Bush Hill Presbyterian Church.

Today, I am grateful for a festive event that was recently hosted by Bush Hill Presbyterian Church.  I had been doing research looking for a family-friendly Halloween event on Halloween night and found several wonderful trunk-or-treat events hosted by local churches.

I had no idea what was meant by trunk-or-treat, but upon further investigation, I came upon a nice website that explained it all and had great photos. 

The premise of trunk-or-treat is to provide a safe alternative to allow children to trick-or-treat in a small, controlled space, usually the parking lot of a church.  Participants are encouraged to decorate the trunks of their cars using pleasant, fun themes without getting into the scary or macabre side of Halloween.

We had never participated in a trunk-or-treat and didn’t know what to expect, but were looking forward to experimenting with something new that we knew would please our girls.

I started calling the local churches and found out that one by one, they had canceled their event due to the impending storm.  Thankfully, the event at Bush Hill Presbyterian Church was still on!

We got to the church a little bit after 5:00 p.m. and there were already a good 15 – 20 cars lined up and “open” for business.  My six year-old Halloween veteran just about shot out of our car like a bolt, ready to go trick or treating.  In the meantime, my 20 month old struggled with her witch’s hat which was not comfortable for her and wondered why her mommy and daddy were making her hold a purple pail for no good reason.

All the discomfort melted away when my 20 month-old spotted a live dog dressed in his best neckerchief, accompanying its human farmer friend.  That got her excited!

Our very first stop was at the clever trunk of the Muppets, followed by plenty of witches, and eventually, we came to the truck that was offering pizza, juice boxes for the kids, water bottles, and plenty of homemade desserts for all.  All free of charge, sponsored by members of Bush Hill Presbyterian Church.

Boy, were we surprised! And grateful.  We took one slice of pizza and proceeded on our rounds.  The costumes of the adults and the children were fantastic.  The themes of the different cars were simply beautiful – my favorite had to be the car with the Hawaiian theme and the talking parrot toy.

Every single person was kind to us, pleasant, and didn’t seem to mind that my 20 month-old simply showed everyone her Halloween pail, still unsure about how the process worked.  Once we finished our rounds, we went back to our own car and enjoyed handing out bags of pretzels to the trick or treaters.

By then, though, the temperature had dropped and we were all quite chilly.  My girls and I dressed up as witches and were wearing only our thin costumes without coats.  We stayed for a short time afterward and left before the event had finished.

I loved attending this wonderful, festive event and am so grateful that Bush Hill Presbyterian Church hosted it. 

What are you grateful for today? I hope you will share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Rev. Charles Oberkehr November 05, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Thanks for a good idea. Sounds like fun.
Amanda M. Socci, Freelance Writer November 05, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Thanks, Reverend Oberkehr. I encourage you to blog about things for which you are grateful, too! Like...an appreciative congregation who listens, donations to your church, effective leadership at your church, beneficial programs, etc.

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