Santa Comes to Town at Windham’s Tree LightingDecember 12, 2014
by Doug Robinson
Neither wind nor rain nor snow could keep Santa Claus away from the hundreds of waiting children at Windham’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday.
“The weather was pretty bumpy coming over Mount Washington,” laughed Santa. “But I landed my sleigh and was brought the final length of my long journey by the fire department. I am so thankful that the fire department is feeding and taking care of the reindeer while I tend to the children here. They are now taking a nap, resting up for the flight home.” The falling rain and dreary weather did not damper the high-flying spirits of all in attendance.
The Windham Common was covered with boys, girls, moms, dads, grandparents, and friends who stood by the large kettle fire singing Christmas songs and sipping cocoa.
Down the hill, the Windham Community Band played the classic songs of the season while dozens more people sat and watched the performance within the tent.
Windham’s Town Hall, Community Development office and Senior Centers opened their doors for area organizations to participate in the community event too. Face painting, building bird feeders, creating Christmas wreaths while listening to more music offered by the band, gave this year’s event a real hometown feeling.
“This is a great event,” stated Windham Recreation Coordinator Cheryl Haas. “I am thankful to all the organizations as well as town departments and volunteers for their help with this large community event. And, of course, I wish to thank Santa and Mrs. Claus for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and visit with us once again. And we also must thank the fire department for feeding and taking care of Santa’s reindeer too.”
Girl Scout Troop 12403 collected new mittens, hats and/or gloves that were then donated to local families. They also collected canned goods to help stock shelves for Shepherd’s Pantry.
But, as in every year, Santa is the main attraction. Windham Community Television offered to televise each child’s personal visit with Santa and will be broadcasting those visits on WCTV (Windham Community Television). As each child reached up and sat on Santa’s lap, the television station recorded each child’s wishes for all to enjoy.