ACIL hosts Cookies with Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus entertain the little ones at the Anza Civic Improvement League's Fourth Annual Cookies with Santa event at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Courtesy photo/Amy Procop photo

Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, crafts, hot cocoa, sweet cookies and sparkling Christmas magic were found at Anza Civic Improvement League’s Cookies with Santa event Saturday, Dec 14.

ACIL hosted the festivities in the Little Red School House where guests participated in creating Christmas decorations and visiting with Kris Kringle and Mrs. Claus while enjoying cookies.

“As always our community did an exceptional job with Cookies with Santa,” parent Gina Bingham Hall said. “A lot of time and preparation went into it, and there were so many people that donated and volunteered. There were many activities for the kids and hot cocoa and let’s not forget the cookies and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, both of whom were jolly and very cheerful. Thank you to everyone that helped.”

Santa arrived with his big red bag full of gifts and posed for pictures with all the children. Mrs. Claus assisted, her eyes twinkling with good humor.

“I want to extend many thanks to everyone who came to the Cookies with Santa event hosted at Minor Park by ACIL. The cooler weather set the perfect mood for everyone who attended to make crafts and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” Tabitha Dawes said.

Outside, the park pavilion was sheeted with durable greenhouse plastic on all sides and heated with two propane patio heaters, to ensure a warm place for the children to participate in the crafts. Children created pinecone ornaments and painted on cut slices of wood. ACIL supplied all the materials for these activities.

The structure housed a hot cocoa station manned by helpful and colorful elves. The sheeting was donated by the Soil Kitchen of Anza.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I had a great time with all the beautiful children,” Mrs. Claus said.

Santa declared that he could not decide which cookies were the best so he highly recommended them all.

As the evening came to an end, Santa said, “Ho, ho, ho! Have a Merry Christmas.”

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