Merry Lititz Christmas!

By on December 7, 2016

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A day for the kids, made possible by local volunteers

 

For Hannah Bates, the best part of Have Yourself a Merry Lititz Christmas was the homemade marshmallow she got at Sugar Whipped Bakery.

Anabelle Hershey enjoyed having her portrait done with her sister and brother at Lititz Elementary School.

Caleb Martin liked having his face painted to look like a dog. Peyton and Skylar Frassetto loved the cotton candy ice cream. Emile Rossetti was taken with the storytelling of Rita Clarke in the school library. Rebecca Frost’s favorite thing was the colorful carousel that was handmade by Phil Davidson.

Whether it was welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus as they arrived at Lititz Elementary School or sprinkling powdered sugar on hot-from-the-griddle funnel cakes, it was clear that Saturday’s Have Yourself a Merry Lititz Christmas festivities were a huge hit with the kids.

“I like putting the sugar on the funnel cakes,” said Joseph Conrad, who was helping out at the funnel fry station operated by Boy Scout Troop 44.

For event organizer Sarah Hummer, the day is all about the kids, both the youngsters who were enjoying the festivities and the older kids who were volunteering.

The big ones greeted the little ones along the downtown sidewalks, directing them to the 35 retailers who donated gifts. Scavenger hunt participants were thrilled with treats that ranged from cookies to homemade marshmallows to Christmas ornaments.

“There is no way any of this could happen without the retailers, sponsors, donors and volunteers,” said Hummer.

One of the highlights of the day was the awarding of a special bicycle, called an AmTryke, to a special needs youth from Hershey. The gift, orchestrated by the Lititz Ambucs, means this boy can move about better and enjoy the thrill of riding a bike.

“I love how the Lititz community pulls together like this,” said Hummer, adding that it really put the Christmas spirit into the day’s festivities.

At the Lititz Moravian Church, visitors had the chance to see the old-fashioned Christmas Putz, a display of the nativity scene retelling the story of Christ’s birth in the Moravian tradition. Across East Main Street, the Lititz Museum featured a Christmas tree adorned with Moravian stars and an antique candle display, all reminding visitors of Lititz’s history.

Most of the action was at Lititz Elementary School, starting with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a big white Lititz Fire Company truck. They parked in front of the school, following their tour around town, and quickly got to taking Christmas wish orders from their fans, with Santa listening and Mrs. Claus keeping the list up-to-date. Even the shy ones got attention from Santa, with some encouragement from their less-shy siblings.

“You better tell Santa what you want,” said one little girl to her younger brother. “Or do you want me to tell him for you?”

In the cafeteria, children could pick a treat from the lollipop tree, make their mark on a coloring book page, get their faces painted, and make holiday ornaments. There was more fun in the gym, like juggling by Chris Ivey, balloon twisting by Majik Andrew, candy cane ring toss, hot cocoa bean toss, and caricatures drawn by young artists. And there was ice cream, apples and oranges, and pretzels for snacking.

The army of volunteers was impressive, and included members of the Warwick High School Interact Club, Manheim Key Club, Kiwanis Club of Lititz, Matthew 25, Lititz recCenter, Lititz Leos, MOMS Club of Lititz, Lititz Ambucs, Warwick Education Foundation, E.A.R.S., Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and VWF Post 1463 Auxiliary, along with several local businesses.

“I just couldn’t believe how many businesses and organizations volunteered and offered services,” said Hummer. “Thanks to everyone!”

Laura Knowles is a local freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback and story ideas at lknowles21@gmail.com.

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