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SANTA'S CHRISTMAS PARTY


By Sarah Chisholm

On Saturday December 6, 2014 Santa Claus visited the North Lanark Regional Museum to participate in our first ever Santa’s Christmas Tea.

In anticipation of Santa’s arrival, museum staff invited children from our 2012 to 2014 summer camps to bring their parents and visit Santa. The event ran from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

When the families arrived they were met by our greeter and hostess who explained the schedule for the afternoon. Children started the festivities by carrying-out a Museum Scavenger Hunt. Clues led the children to five different artefacts, all hidden in our 2014 Military Exhibit, “The Lost Generation: Almonte and Area During WWI.” It wasn’t long before the children and their parents discovered the 1914 Christmas present, a WWI whistle, two serenading cherubs, the baby Jesus and a display on the Almonte Train Accident.

These four girls had a blast decorating their cookies!

Then it was cookie time!


Thanks to the marvellous baking of Rita Cornell and Noreen Heighten each child received two sugar cookies to decorate. The cookies came in a variety of shapes including: mitten, star, ornament and gingerbread man. Using coloured icing, sprinkles and candies the children decorated their cookies with the assistance of Rita, Noreen and Eleanor. The cookies came with a ribbon so that they could be hung on the Christmas Tree, but we highly doubt many made it that far.



Photo – These four girls had a blast decorating their cookies!





The children were busy, busy, meanwhile the parents enjoyed the Christmas festivities listening to Christmas Music, and enjoying the tea, coffee, home baked bookies and Santa Claus cake.

Once the scavenging and cookies were complete there were still plenty of activities for the children. Our youth volunteer Mae, came all the way from Toronto to run our children’s table. Children made snowflakes, Christmas Cards, colouring sheets and word searches. There was even a guest appearance by summer staffer Riley who put a big smile on Annie’s face.

Santa unloads his toys as the children gather around

Santa arrives!

At 3:00pm on the dot a merry old gentleman arrived at the museum with bells a ringing. Good old Saint Nic arrived with his sac of toys. Calling all the children, Santa made his way into the Tea Room where he began unpacking his Christmas sac. There were oohs and aahhs as the children watched the toys appear. The toys were placed on a Christmas table with the promise that each child would get to choose one toy after speaking with Santa.



Photo – Santa unloads his toys as the children gather around





Mya and Santa smile for the camera Santa and Lucas have a merry chat

There were plenty of smiles as the children chatted with Santa Claus. The kids explained if they had been naughty or nice in 2014 and what they were hoping to receive under the Christmas Tree this year. After chatting with Santa each child chose a toy or book to take home. Some of the adults and volunteers also took the opportunity to chat with Santa.



Photo left– Santa and Lucas have a merry chat


Photo right– Mya and Santa smile for the camera










Trevor and Lucas pose with Santa and their prize winning Christmas Tree
Once all the children had visited Santa, Mr. Claus made his way to the Christmas Tree table. Prior to the event, three families had been given small Christmas Trees to decorate. The children brought the Christmas Trees back the day of the event and they were proudly displayed on a table for all to see. After inspecting the three trees and judging them for creativity and colour Santa made his final decision. Santa explained that it was an extremely difficult decision since all three trees were so amazing, but in the end he chose….

Trevor and Lucas!

Trevor and Lucas put a lot of work into their little tree. The boys worked together to hand make all the decorations for the tree. Using paper, felt, sparkles and even oranges the boys created a fantastic tree that will now decorate the family home. As a prize, Santa gave the boys a gift card for a local book store.


Photo – Trevor and Lucas pose with Santa and their prize winning Christmas Tree (far left)


Aiden and Annie pose with Santa and their Christmas Tree (right), missing from photo is Izzy! Aiden and MacKenna pose with Santa and their Christmas Tree (centre) The other Christmas Trees also deserve special recognition:

Siblings MacKenna and Aiden designed a fantastic old fashion Christmas Tree featuring golden candles and Christmas Cards. Siblings Izzy, Aiden and Annie merged modern and antique with their “Back to the Future” Christmas Tree which featured old fashioned popcorn, apple and orange decorations on one side with modern decorations on the other side.


Photo left – Aiden and MacKenna pose with Santa and their Christmas Tree (centre)


Photo right – Aiden and Annie pose with Santa and their Christmas Tree (right), missing from photo is Izzy!


After Santa said his farewells the festivities continued with the children finishing their crafts and the parents enjoying a second slice of cake. The parents were also treated to a special surprise when they got the chance to win one of the beautiful poinsettias which had been serving as the table centre pieces. Thank you to Norma Paul for donating the poinsettias!

As the event wrapped up the children collected their cookies, toys, colouring sheets and snowflakes and made their way to the door where they were treated to a candy cane for the ride home!



The North Lanark Regional Museum would like to thank everyone who helped make this event such a success!

Santa for visiting the museum!
All our volunteers who donated supplies, decorations and their time!
The Hub (for supplying trees, decorations and more!) http://www.thehubalmonte.com/
Equator Coffee Roasters (for supplying coffee) http://www.equator.ca/
Lorna MacNabb for dreaming up the event!

The North Lanark Regional Museum would like to acknowledge the support of: The Ontario Trillium Foundation which is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

On Saturday December 13, 2014 volunteers from the North Lanark Regional Museum will be at the Mill of Kintail for Kintail Country Christmas. For more information check out http://mvc.on.ca/kintail-country-christmas-2014/