All was quiet in the streets of downtown Fort Worth.
It was the Monday morning before Thanksgiving and unseasonably warm after a frigid weekend that was highlighted by the Dallas Cowboys improving to 9-1 after a 27-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium.
That's when the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Drumline livened things up and began to play on the upstairs patio of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse.
The DCRB Drumline was flanked by DCRB Dancers Arianna Thompson and Deanna Wood, who were dancing alongside them as they welcomed North Texas children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and their families who were arriving on the closed-off portion of Main Street between the legendary steakhouse and the Hilton Fort Worth Hotel.
The families congregated in front of Del Frisco's as they eagerly awaited Santa Claus' arrival on his sleigh -- or in this case, in a Fort Worth Fire Department truck, escorted by the Fort Worth Police Department on horseback.
The DCRB Drumline and DCRB Dancers made their way downstairs and out into the street to help welcome Santa Claus. The parade of fire trucks turned the corner shortly after 11:30 a.m. and delivered Santa and Mrs. Claus, Santa's elves, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.
The excited children followed Santa Claus inside Del Frisco's, where they were welcomed to a private luncheon inside the upscale steakhouse that had been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with presents for the kids and gift bags for the families.
Following the lunch, the children were all gathered for photos with Santa, Christmas carols and story-telling by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
"Let it Snow" was their final song and on cue, a snow machine up on the second level gave the children an early 'white Christmas.'
A Wish with Wings, Inc. is a local non-profit organization that grants the magical wishes of children suffering with life-threatening conditions. Since 1982, the organization has touched the lives of over 1,300 children while working closely with children's hospitals, child life specialists, and physicians in order to bring happiness and hope into the lives of the Wish children.