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Park Memorial to hold first ever ‘Family Christmas’

For Park Memorial United Methodist Church, the Park Family Christmas is it’s first but, with the impending success of the event, it won’t be the last.

The festivities will get underway at the Park Memorial Family Life Center early Saturday, December 9 with Breakfast with the Clauses from 8 until 10:45 a.m.

“Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and several of the Christmas elves will be here and it will be lot of fun to have breakfast with these visitors from the North Pole,” said Jenny Swindall, event chair. “For $5 you can enjoy a breakfast of pancakes and sausage and a time of fellowship. Photos with Santa will be great way to remember this first-time event. They will also be $5.”

Breakfast with the Clauses is just the beginning of the fun of the Park Family Christmas.

The Park Family Christmas Market will be open and will feature Mrs. Clauses Kitchen with a large cupboard of baked goods including cookies, candies and other sweet treats, casseroles and homemade canned goods.

The silent auction will have a variety of items on the “block” that will make great Christmas gifts or otherwise.

Local artists and crafters will show and sell their wares at the Park market. Charles Adams, Wendy Ward, Rhonda Hebert, Jennifer Brown, JS Pottery, Julie Terrell, Lisa Michael, Jessica Knighten and the Troy Arts Council will join church members at the market.

“The vendors will have really great items for sale including stained glass, woodcrafts, papercrafts, scents, pottery, monogrammed pieces, ornaments and other Christmas crafts,” Swindall said.

The Kids’ Corner will be the place for kids to be will their parents enjoy shopping or visiting with friends and neighbors. The kids will have fun things to do including crafts, games and face painting.

The Park Family Christmas Market concession stand will be open with Edith Synco’s homemade hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows as the “special of the day.

“You can enjoy a cup of Edith’s hot chocolate while you enjoy the great lineup of entertainment we have throughout the day,” Swindall said. “Shelia Jackson, the SheBANG! Cloggers, Park Memorial Children’s Choir, Perry Brown, Perry Green and Jerry Deloney and his group provide the entertainment. 

The Park Family Christmas will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and everyone is invited.  There is no admission charge. The Park Memorial Family Life Center is located at 750 Elba Highway in Troy..