Topaz Sagehens Christmas party was fun |

Topaz Sagehens Christmas party was fun

by Carolyn Purkiss

The Topaz Sagehens hosted 43 children and their parents at the annual Children’s Christmas Party that took place Dec. 3 at the Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center. The Christmas tree was decorated with shiny red and gold ornaments, gold and silver garlands and an angel on the top. Santa’s special chair was in place, a table was nearby overflowing with colorfully wrapped presents. Tables were arranged in rows with holiday decorations, crayons and a picture to color at each place. Sagehens members were busy in the kitchen making sure lunch would be served on time.

About 11:30 a.m., the children and their parents started to arrive. Each child was given a ticket for the door prize drawing that would choose two winners for girls and two winners for boys. The children enjoyed decorating holiday door hangers and ornaments, coloring pictures and having lunch with mom and dad.

Heralding the arrival of Santa Claus, Ernest Whipple, father of Peter, 2, and William, 4 months, played “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on a valve trombone. Santa came through the back door carrying a large sack of presents. Shouts, laughter and clapping welcomed Santa. Little children looked up at him in awe and older children were excited and happy. Santa asked the children if they have been good boys and girls. “Yes,” they all shouted. Santa reminded them they needed to be good all of the time, not just at Christmas. Santa Claus, sitting in his special chair, handed out presents as each child’s name was called.

Winners of the door prize drawings for girls were Truett Bryce, 1, and Travina Williams, 5. Winners for the boys were Paul Boulet, 3, and Keegan Bryce, 7. Winners also took home a table decoration if they had a sticker under their chair.

“The Topaz Sagehens would like to thank you for coming. It has been our pleasure to have you here. We hope that you have enjoyed it. We hope things went well for you and that the children enjoyed their gifts and mostly that you all have a most wonderful, happy, healthy holiday and we hope to see you all next year,” said Helen Lee, co-chairperson of the event.

A special thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s Sagehens Children’s Christmas Party a happy time for the children and their parents; Helen Lee and Vicki Youngman, co-chairpersons of this event, Gary Ray as Santa Claus, Ernest Whipple who played the valve trombone, the Sagehens who took care of all the big and little things and to the community who participate in the various fundraisers throughout the year that make these events possible.

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