Santa’s Big Scene: Carols, co­coa and a tree light­ing

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

YARDLEY BOR­OUGH – Sip­ping on hot choco­late, kids waited anx­iously for the ar­rival of Santa Claus as they stood on the side­walk at the in­ter­sec­tion of Afton Av­enue and Main Street.

The strains of Christ­mas mu­sic, sung by the Penns­bury Fal­conaires, wafted through the air at the event, which was spon­sored by the Yardley Busi­ness As­so­ca­tion.

A huge crowd num­ber­ing about 300 peo­ple as­sem­bled out­side of Cus­tomers Bank wKHUH WKH WRwn’s RI­fiFLDO CKULsWPDs WUHH wDs lit. Usu­ally, the event is held at the Olde Li­brary by Lake Afton, but there is con­struc­tion block­ing the li­brary and the tree that is usu­ally lit.

For the chil­dren, it seemed like it took IRUHYHU IRU WKH fiUH WUuFN IURP WKH YDUGOHy0DNH­fiHOG FLUHKRusH WR DUULYH.

The kids were so ex­cited to see Santa atop WKH fiUH WUuFN, FRPLnJ GRwn 0DLn SWUHHW Ln KLs red suit with white fur trim.

He waived his hand, wear­ing his trade­mark bright white gloves.

SDnWD CODus SuOOHG Ln Rn WKH fiUH WUuFN, greet­ing ev­ery­one.

“Merry Christ­mas!!” he said with a jolly voice.

7KH PRPHnW HYHUyRnH wDs wDLWLnJ IRU finDOOy FDPH. WLWK D flLFN RI D swLWFK, WKH EULJKW white lights came on spread­ing won­der­ment for the lit­tle tykes. Santa did the hon­ors. There was sheer ex­cite­ment. Sharon Ket­tles, as­sis­tant man­ager at Cus­tomers Bank, es­corted Santa Claus into the bank. “It was an honor and a priv­i­lege,” Ket­tles said, smil­ing.

7RGG 0LOOLJDn EURuJKW KLs fiYH-yHDU-ROG son, Nor­rin, with him to see Santa.

“He ac­tu­ally greeted him at the door of the bank,” Mil­li­gan said of his son. “He shook his hand and he started ask­ing him for the things he wanted for Christ­mas.”

Be­lieve it or not, Nor­rin asked for a golf course!!

For Pat Glas­son, see­ing two of her four grand­chil­dren and the other kids talk­ing to Santa Claus was amus­ing.

“It cracked me up,” she joked. “They got ner­vous and they for­got what they want for Christ­mas,” Glas­son said.

The kids were all ex­cited while they waited in line. “They were peek­ing around their par­ents to get a glimpse of Santa Claus,” she said.

Han­nah Glas­son, 8, was happy to see the WUHH OLJKW uS, EuW DGPLWWHG WKDW WKH fiUH WUuFN that Santa ar­rived on was very loud.

“He was nice,” she said of Santa Claus af­ter telling him she wanted Kin­dle Wood for Christ­mas.

When asked where the rein­deer were, Han­nDK sDLG, “7KHy wHUH Ln WKH fiUHKRusH UHsWing!”

Her sis­ter, Brighid Glas­son, 7, had a lit­tle more to say about the ab­sence of Santa’s reinGHHU. “7KHy wHUH DW WKH fiUHKRusH EHFDusH they can­not walk on the street, it will hurt their feet,” she said. “They can only walk on things that are soft – like snow or dirt.”

Brighid, who asked Santa for an iPod, said, “I think he liked me!”

She and her sis­ter won­dered why Santa was not wear­ing his eye glasses.

Brighid said she knows he can see her when KH Ls fly­LnJ WKURuJK WKH sNy, EuW wRnGHUs whether he can see her from the North Pole.

Their great-grand­mother, Sheila John­son, en­joyed see­ing the girls in­ter­act with Santa Claus.

Pat Glas­son, the girl’s grand­mother, and John­son were laugh­ing so much at the kids.

“They lis­tened to his ev­ery word,” Glas­son said.

Many of the chil­dren’s eyes ex­pressed their ex­cite­ment. They were just in to­tal awe – their mouths were wide open.

Photo by Jeff Gold­berg

Santa Claus ar­rives at the tree light­ing cer­e­mony aboard Yardley-Makefield Fire Com­pany Tower 80.

Photo by Jeff Gold­berg

The Penns­bury Fal­conaires add to the fes­tive hol­i­day mood at the Yardley tree light­ing cer­e­mony on Fri­day.

Photo by Jeff Gold­berg

Chil­dren have a holly jolly good time as the Penns­bury Fal­conaires sing hol­i­day songs.

Photo by Jeff Gold­berg

Santa wel­comes ev­ery­one at the tree light­ing at Main and Afton.

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