Sunday, December 2, 2018

Children's Christmas Party Tradition Continues for Over 60 Years in Gordon

On Sunday afternoon, the Gordon Fire Company held their annual Children's Christmas Party.

By Megan A. Hepler

On Sunday, December 2nd, the Citizens Fire Company Women’s Auxiliary in Gordon hosted a Children’s Christmas Party. The event was held at the Gordon Borough Hall at three o’clock in the afternoon. The Children’s Christmas Party is a tradition going on for sixty-five or more years; the Women’s Auxiliary has been hosting the party for fifty-five of those years. They hope to continue the tradition for years to come.

The Gordon Borough Hall was half lined with tables each filled with local families. Approximately thirty children were in attendance from newborn to ten years old. At each seat the Women’s Auxiliary had placed foam Christmas ornament crafts for the children to make as they waited for the fun to kick off. A Christmas tree donated by Leonard Trees was standing well over ten feet and decorated with multicolored lights

The entertainment was provided by Bruce Bitting of JB Sound. Bitting called all of the children to the floor in front of the stage. He began with the Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and had each child take a turn singing some of the words. Next, they danced to “Jingle Bells.” Then, it was time for a game of musical chairs and “snowball,” an alternative to the game hot potato. They ended with “The Hokey Pokey,” before the anticipated guest arrived.

Women’s Auxiliary President, Lisa Snyder, at one point thanked the volunteers for their help setting up the event. She thanked, “the men for helping us decorate…All the ladies that came out to volunteer today.”

Santa Claus arrived by fire truck. When the children heard the siren, they knew that Santa had arrived. He entered the building ringing bells and was eagerly greeted by children of all ages. He made his way to a chair in front of the Christmas tree where each child had a turn sitting on his lap and received a gift. Then, the Ladies Auxiliary brought out refreshments for the children.

The Children’s Christmas Party ended just in time for the Gordon Christmas Tree Lighting that was held at five o’clock in the borough.


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