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'What Christmas Means to Me' comes to Aberdeen

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"What Christmas Means to Me" will happen in Aberdeen tomorrow!

It will start with Breakfast with Santa at Grace United Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The Craft Fair at Aberdeen Fire Department will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m., and lunch will be available.

The Aberdeen Room Museum, at 18 Howard St., will have a special open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary. All are invited for refreshments from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. free of charge. At 1 p.m. prizes will be drawn for a beautiful quilt, a gingerbread house, "Dining on the B&O" and "Sketches of Village to Town to City." Tickets are available until the drawing.

A nativity scene at Grace Church will be open from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Street Fair and entertainment will begin at 2 p.m. on West Bel Air Avenue.

Then will come the parade with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at 3 p.m., followed by tree lighting at Festival Park.

This is a great day for all the family to enjoy together! Windows will be decorated for the entire holiday season, and prizes will be given for the use of miniature white lights and natural looking artificial greens. They must be completed by 2 p.m. today (Friday). Prizes will be announced at the tree lighting ceremony following the parade. They will be judged for adult clubs or organizations, youth groups, businesses. First, second, third and honorable mention will be awarded to each group. Windows will be dismantled by Friday, Dec. 28.

The theme for the parade will be "What Christmas Means to Me." There cannot be anything thrown from the participants to the crowd. There will be prizes for floats, walking groups in three separate categories, youth groups, adult groups and youth/adult combination groups. Only the Appearance and Preservation Committee brings in Santa and Mrs. Claus. No other Santa or Mrs. Claus is to be in the parade! Floats and walking groups must use the theme to be judged on a scale of 1 to 10. The parade line-up will report to the area of St. Joan of Arc School at 2 p.m. The parade will start on South Law Street, right on West Bel Air Avenue, left on Howard Street and disband after passing Festival Park. Plater, Market and Warren streets may be used for additional line-up space.

Winners will be announced following the parade, in the local newspapers or by phone request. The decision of the parade committee is final if any questions should arise.

Important traffic information for the day is that from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 there will be no parking and no traffic on West Bel Air Avenue from Law Street to Route 40, which is the parade route.

It's going to be an exciting day! Plan to spend the entire day and have fun!

Any last minute questions call Caroline, 410-272-5242, Betty, 420-373-4981, or Ruth, 410-272-7354.

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