Santa Came to Town

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Well, the weather outside wasn’t at all frightful in fact it was pretty near perfect for Santa’s visit to Wakaw on Saturday December 5th. As he and Mrs. Claus were paraded through town it was evident that the young ones were eager to see what was going on. As the siren on the Fire and Rescue truck heralded Santa’s progress, faces young and old peered from car windows or livingroom windows or paused for a few moments out of their workday to smile about the little touch of magic that was making its way through town.

Although Santa wasn’t able to bring any of his reindeer along, he was preceded by an honour guard of three friends mounted on their horses who were stylishly adorned with garland and red ‘antlers’. The elves who accompanied Santa made sure to remain masked for the length of the parade route. Although Santa and Mrs. Claus were not wearing masks, the SHA said this was fine since they did not leave the sleigh and were not in close contact with anyone. The Christmas tunes playing from the ambulance added to the ambience of the afternoon.

There was no room for doubt that the residents of Wakaw are happy to support the local Lions Club as the parade wasn’t even over and people were lining up to purchase their ‘grab and go’ supper. Hats off to Mike and Steve for being the feet and legs for the first rush of supper purchasers, and of course to the ones working inside the Lion’s Den preparing everything.

Until the sun went down it was difficult to tell how many people actually got involved in decorating their homes. Maybe it was the incentive of a possible prize or maybe it was a common desire to do something to spread some joy in this year of gloom and doom, but whatever it was Wakaw was ‘lit up’ Saturday night. Some houses were adorned solely with lights while others created a scene for passersby to enjoy. Cars drove slowly up and down the streets while parents with children walked from house to house enjoying the special outing in the mild December weather. Judges Gary and Anita Bieber awarded first prize to Thomas and Mary Ann Thibodeau on 3rd Street North, second went to Esther Westcott on 2nd Street South and third was awarded to Marlene Nameth on 1stAve South. Congratulations to the winners and to the Lions Club on an enjoyable afternoon and evening.

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder