• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Children stretch out on blankets at Navarro College South during its Polar Express Night, held Friday, Dec. 8. Shown here, l-r, are Brayden Tucker, 5, and his brother, Trey, 7; their aunt Ellie Baker, of Mexia, seated at rear, and cousins Thomas Baker, 5, and his sister, Bonnie, 4, Ellie Baker’s children.

Navarro screens Polar Express movie for local kids

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Youngsters in pajamas were not an uncommon sight at Navarro College South, in Mexia, last Friday when the college showed The Polar Express, the 2004 Christmas movie classic.

The college’s Polar Express Night happened Dec. 8, with parents invited to bring their children wearing their comfy pj’s and a blanket so the little ones could stretch out on the floor of the main room of the College’s Administration Building.

College Dean Christina Mims provided every detail to make the night especially pleasant and memorable, including having Santa Claus himself there in a big chair by the fireplace, assisted by an elf, with a photographer. Around a dozen adults attended the event and another 20 young people, the youngest of whom either sought a few minutes on Santa’s lap or were introduced to the jolly elf for the first time.

A popcorn machine at one side was balanced by a table of refreshments offering hot chocolate or apple cider, Rice Krispy treats, various kinds of cookies and other delights.

Later in the evening, Mims even brought the children a large tray of s’mores.

As for the movie, for those who have not seen it, The Polar Express combines traditional themes with elements that establish a unique movie experience. Its life-like, incredibly detailed animation is compelling in itself. Top-shelf music makes for a pleasant ambience, including not only the Grammy Award-winning song “Believe” by Josh Groban, the theme song “Polar Express” by Tom Hanks and “Rockin’ on Top of the World” by Steven Tyler, but long-time classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,”  Frank Sinatra Jr.’s “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” The Andrews Sisters’ “Winter Wonderland” and Perry Como’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”

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