As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, Dec. 26, 1963:

Santa arrived in Edgewood Meadows at the model home riding on an Abingdon Fire Company truck. The developers of the subdivision, Ward and Bosely, were the hosts of the party for the residents. The most impressive thing about the arrival of Santa was his size. Santa was six feet nine inches tall and weighed 300 pounds.

The Bel Air Moose Club sponsored a Christmas party for some underprivileged families. The children were treated to refreshments, a visit from Santa and plenty of toys. Each family received a basket containing ingredients for a Christmas dinner.

The Bel Air American Legion Post held their annual party for needy families. Movies were shown and the children were treated to Christmas goodies. When Santa arrived he gave each child a stocking followed by a toy selection of their choice. Each family also received a Christmas turkey.


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The Bel Air JayCees took 55 underprivileged children from the Bel Air area on a Christmas shopping trip. The JayCees allowed each of the children to purchase $5 worth of merchandise from Polan's Department Store. After shopping, the group went to the Bel Air Methodist Church where they enjoyed cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa.

Bel Air merchants reported a better Christmas season than in 1962, despite bad weather, the assassination of President Kennedy, competition from nearby shopping centers and discount stores. A number of the town merchants interviewed believed that the cold weather kept people buying locally instead of shopping elsewhere, like Baltimore.

Revenue was up for the Christmas mailing season at the Bel Air Post Office. Revenue was up $6,000 over 1962, due mostly to the 4 percent increase in stamp rates. Eight part-time employees, four clerks and four carriers were added for the Christmas rush.

Twin girls were born on Christmas Day to Lieutenant and Mrs. Vernon Scandola of the Aberdeen Proving Ground. The infant girls would be named Joann Elaine and Julie Elise.

The newest bank in Harford County opened in Jarrettsville as the Forest Hill State Bank.

On the first day of business in 1964, four men would begin additional tasks in the Clerk of the Court's office. On that day a new law, which permitted civil marriages became effective in the State of Maryland. Only religious wedding ceremonies had been allowed in Maryland prior to Jan. 1, 1964. In addition to the Court Clerk, three other employees in the office had been designated as those who could conduct a ceremony. In a civil marriage, no reference is made to religion. Two different texts for the civil ceremony were available in the Clerk's office for a couples' choosing.

The Knights of Columbus of Bel Air celebrated its fifth anniversary and honored members for service.

In an ad place by The Aegis: A short week for newspapers always means extra hurrying for the staff, but this week was "a topper." One man was home sick, a young lady on the staff had sickness in her family, mails were slow about bringing in copy, general Christmas activities took time, the heavy snow Monday tied things up much worse, the courthouse and other public offices closed early Monday thus shutting off a normal source of official news, and bad road travel conditions had everyone worried. It was tough going-but we made it ... Actors have a slogan, "The show must go on." For publishers the rule is, "The newspaper must go out".