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Spencer Spotlight: Jolly old man puts smiles on kids' faces

11:02 AM, Dec. 5, 2012  |  Comments
Emily Steen, left, and Kylie Steen of Curtiss share some time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Their mom is Sarah Steen.
Emily Steen, left, and Kylie Steen of Curtiss share some time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Their mom is Sarah Steen.
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Dec. 1 has been scratched on many calendars for weeks, maybe even months.

The occasion was the annual visit of that bearded man all dressed in red. His journey has been filled with numerous stops, and that day, it was Spencer he was going to visit.

Santa really enjoys visiting Spencer. With his sleigh in for a tune-up, Santa always is looking for different modes of transportation. He especially likes it here, because he usually travels into town atop a wagon pulled by horses.

Just like on Christmas Eve, he pulls many surprises. On that special night, the children try to catch him coming down the chimney. Last Saturday in Spencer, they were looking to catch him coming in on the wagon. That sneaky bearded one pulled a fast one once again.

As children and parents were milling around the Spencer Kids Group, they heard a ruckus, and out of the clear blue sky came a big "Ho Ho Ho." Santa had snuck in the back door. He sure can be illusive sometimes.

After making small talk, he headed to the stage where he and Mrs. Claus greeted the kids.

There is a special reason Mr. and Mrs. Claus enjoy coming to Spencer. Their visit turns into a community-wide event.

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce puts on the event, but they can't do it alone. The Spencer Lions help with goodie bags each child receives. The Woman's Club sets up a gift table where the kids can buy reasonably priced gifts for their parents or siblings. The women even offer free gift wrapping.

The Spencer Girl Scouts sponsor a fish pond where a cast always nabs something special. They also provided tattoos for the kids. Lunch is served by the Spencer School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Organization.

The Spencer Kids Group organizes a basket raffle. Other community businesses and organizations help out with donating items for the goodie bags or giving monetary support. They included Burnstad's Market, Kwik Trip, Land O'Lakes, Machine Fabrication and Design and the Spencer United Way. Randy Meyer provides the free horsedrawn wagon rides.

Yes indeed! Another Lunch with Santa has provided holiday cheer for everyone. Workers, festively adorned with Santa or elf hats, had smiles for everyone. Holiday music drifted through the room as people mingled and just had a good time. Even the weather was fairly cooperative.

Harry Toufar is a correspondent for Spencer. Share Spencer area news with him by email at stoufar@charter.net or call 715-659-4429.

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