The most successful “Santa’s arrival” event in Running Springs was held tonight, December 3 and a lot of children and their families braved the cold to attend the fun visit with Santa. This exciting and always wonderful event was held on Hilltop Blvd. in the big parking of the building that houses the Running Springs Golden Oaks Thrift Store.
A lot of children (and I mean a lot of children) turned out with their parents to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. While the children and their parents loved the fun Santa undoubtedly had the most fun listening to the Christmas wishes from the children.
Sponsored each year by the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce this event has literally been held for about 40 years and while the annual fun is similar each year it is also different at the same time. This year was no different and the chamber (and I’m sure the community) are grateful to the Golden Oaks for the use of their large driveway. Santa was really happy to have so much room this year and so were all the children and parents. At the beginning of this exciting event there were probably close to 75 people standing in the large driveway with their anxious children. It truly was sight to see and while it was cold no one seemed to care!
Santa “held court” sitting in the large carved wooden chair that was carved decades ago by (then) longtime resident Gene Wall. Although Gene died several years ago I like to think that he’s watching down and enjoying every moment and he is happy that Santa and the children who come to give Santa their Christmas wishes enjoy it every year. Gene is also the man who carved and painted all the totem poles that can be seen throughout the community so I like to think he was looking down on all the Christmas fun and having a great big smile on his wonderful face.
In addition to Santa and the chamber members of the Rim of the World Chapter of the Blue Star Moms also braved the cold but they had a great time. It is always a privilege to have these great women attend some of our events, as they are the moms of our deployed military. They had a table full of delicious goodies and coffee and the Golden Oaks had their great “old-fashioned” popcorn machine which all added great fun to this annual community Christmas celebration.
The community Christmas Tree is always a beacon during the holiday season and even in the fog it can be seen. The tree is old and it has been a beautiful beacon for literally decades thanks to the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and great residents who decorated it decades ago. It is located by the Fireside lounge and decades ago local residents Dee and Charlie Balletti and members of the community decorated the huge tree. It’s been a holiday “fixture” in the local community literally for decades.
Merry Christmas everyone!