ENON — “Tis the season to be jolly,” and several local organizations in the Village of Enon and Mad River Township are delivering a little slice of Christmas to the community over the next two weekends.
The Enon United Methodist Church, 85 Broadway Road, will kick off the holidays with their annual breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the church fellowship room. Local children will be served a free continental breakfast and will have the opportunity to engage in several activities, as well as enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras along and snap some treasurable Santa photos.
Saturday evening, Santa and Mrs. Claus will ring in the holiday season as they make their grand appearance at the Enon Community Historical Society (ECHS) annual tree-lighting ceremony and holiday festivities, at the Enon Log House, 45 Indian Drive.
Everyone is encouraged to dress warm for the event that will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the Greenon High School choir and village carolers singing popular and traditional Christmas songs.
“It is a great way to get into the holiday spirit,” ECHS trustee and long-time member Brenda Sweet said.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive, via a police escort, at 7 p.m. They will then join distinguished citizens of the village, Richard and Irene Ferriman, for the ceremonial lighting of the new village Christmas tree.
“Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrive in a creative way each year and is a big surprise for everyone,” said Sweet.
Following the tree lighting ceremony, children will have an opportunity to share their Christmas wish list with Santa as they nestle in front of an open fire in the restored 1830s log house. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the memorable event.
ECHS members will be serving hot chocolate, cider, and cookies inside the Mike Barry Research Center, and Adam Gastineau will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening. Sweet said members of the community will also have the opportunity to do some holiday shopping at the ECHS gift shop too.
If you cannot make the arrival of Santa on Dec. 7 you are in luck. Members of the Enon and Mad River Township Fire and EMS will carry on a favorite holiday tradition, as the Enon Santa Parade visits village and township neighborhoods on Friday, Dec. 13.
Maxine McKee, who is a 39-year volunteer member of the local fire and EMS, said fire trucks and other emergency vehicles will roll out of the fire station at 5:30 p.m. with old St. Nick and Mrs. Claus atop the fire truck and Santa’s elves on board.
“The fire trucks will be decorated with Christmas lights, and holiday music will be playing as Santa, Mrs. Clause, and Santa’s elves travels throughout the neighborhoods in the village and township,” McKee said. “Santa’s elves will also pass out candy to all the children.”
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Santa and Mrs. Clause will make their annual visit to the Enon and Mad River Twp. Fire and EMS station, 260 E. Main St., for breakfast with children who attend Greenon Local Schools.
Hosted this year by the Enon and Mad River Twp. Fire Association, the event will run from 9-10 a.m. and will include a tasty breakfast of yogurt, donuts, orange juice, and milk. Following breakfast, local children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wishes with the jolly fellow. To make reservations, call 864-7429. This is a popular event. All reservations must be made by Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The holiday spirit of giving is in full swing as Enon Emergency Relief (EER) volunteers organize efforts to make the holidays brighter for less fortunate families living in the Greenon Local School District, by matching them with local sponsors who “adopt” the families for the Christmas holidays.
EER nutritionist and volunteer Charlot Wade, who is helping coordinate the EER Adopt-A-Family program, said the program provides the joyous opportunity for local businesses, community organizations, churches, and residents to lend a helping hand to struggling families by providing food and gift items for them for Christmas.
“We are doing pretty well, but we are always expecting the unexpected,” Wade said. “We can expect one or two families that have a last-minute need for a sponsor.”
Wade noted that EER adopt-A- Family program is sponsoring 80 local families this year.
Individuals and groups interested in sponsoring a family, making a monetary contribution, or donating gift items, please call EER at 864-5555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.