Smiles Warm the Crowd as Santa Comes to Town

December 5, 2014

by AJ Dickinson

Hundreds of Hudson families braved the cold and trudged their way through the thick snow to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus on Friday, Nov. 28 at his yearly arrival on the town common.  At around 4 p.m., the Alvirne bands of both alumni and current musicians filled the air with wonderful Christmas tunes like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

Soon after, Santa arrived via fire truck to greet all of the smiling children and, of course, to light the town tree.  After the tree lighting, many made their way over to the community center where the little ones told Santa themselves what they wanted for Christmas and even took part in some fun activities such as arts and crafts and cookie decorating.

Quite an array of organizations were on hand, including two Girl Scout troops, a Cub Scout troop, the AHS Little Broncos, the AHS Key Club and many more.

Scott Wilson, who has been a Lions Club member for 11 years, said, “It’s just one of those nice small-town community get-togethers; look around at all the kids’ smiles.”

Jeri Maynard, chairwoman of the Santa’s Arrival event for the Hudson Lions, couldn’t be any more enthusiastic about the success of the special event: “We have been doing this for a number of years and every year, the minute I see Santa come I get so excited!  I can’t believe it, it’s the beginning of the Christmas season!”