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"It's a lot of fun to see faces light up and look at antlers in awe, big smiles on their faces" says David Pepper, whose family has owned Strickland Farm for over 100 years.
Santa only trusts a handful of people with his reindeer and Strickland Farm in White House Tennessee is one of the farms where some of Santa's most valuable helpers live!
"They stay with us all year till Christmas eve and then they disappear and after Christjmsa they come back" says Jill Swenson.
Strickland Farm has four reindeer from Santa's pulling sleigh. Comet, Vixon, Prancer and Blitzen live here. They also have several reindeer in training, like Blitzens baby "jingle", comets little sister "holly" and "snowflake", who helps teach the reindeer how to fly!
"We hear about reindeer and now it's coming live for kids. They understand what is actually gonna happen on Christmas eve when the reindeer fly above their house" says Melissa Fleming who visited Strickland Farm with her family.
In addition to seeing all the reindeer, you can pet them, have your picture made and even whisper your wish list into comet's ear!
"I want a Victorius hat," whispers 7 year old Bella Fleming.
"It's great to see them in books, see them on tv, but seeing them in life is another situation" says Bella's mom Melissa.
Another neat thing about the reindeer tour is it's an educational experience. For example did you know Reindeer shed their antlers every year. These we are showing you are comets from last year
Your visit to the farm also includes a tour, where you will step back in time and get a glimpse at what life was like on this over 100 year old farm!
"It's fantastic to watch just not magic of Christmas but interaction of generations as well" says Swenson.
A unique experience your entire family will never forget!
:It should be a family tradition you should come every year to see them" says Fleming.
Tours start at only $15. You can't just show up at the farm you do need to BOOK YOUR TOUR IN ADVANCE! To do that just visit their webpage
Wednesday, November 28 2012, 07:05 PM CST
Pipeline work can continue at state natural area
May 24, 2013 11:16 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee environmental officials have given Piedmont Natural Gas permission to resume drilling on a Nashville pipeline project.
Work was halted on May 11 when a mixture of bentonite clay and water spilled from a drill into Otter Creek at the Radnor Lake State Natural Area.
The mud was later scraped out of the creek using buckets and hand tools.
Meredith Benton, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/199LA54 ) that Piedmont agreed to 11 new terms and conditions to prevent a recurrence of the spill.
Those include creating a pit to capture any spilled slurry and daily water quality monitoring.
Benton said the department has not decided whether to issue fines or citations.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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