Russett celebrated the holidays with its annual Breakfast with Santa event Dec.7 and 8. Sounds of the season were heard throughout the festively decorated community center with a decorated giant tree in the middle and two decorated 6-foot live trees on each side, which added to the ambience. Upon entering, each child received an arts and crafts project and a chance to guess how many jelly beans or peppermints were in a jar to win a 2013 Holiday Bear and the jar of jelly beans or peppermints. The winner on Saturday was Alek Winiarski and on Sunday it was Claudia Shehata.
Exuberant children and parents awaited Santa's arrival and with a wink of an eye and a twitch of his nose, the jolly 'ole elf made his grand entrance.
The smell of coffee, scrambled eggs, bacon, French toast and more, catered by Putting on the Ritz, wafted through the air enticing everyone's taste buds and making mouths water. During breakfast, pictures were taken with Santa Claus and each child received a Christmas stocking filled with candy and toys to take home.
Sofia Juico and her mom, Mila, had their picture taken while sitting with Santa, with Xavier and Alanah Richardson waiting for their turn. Jesse Malhotra and his mom, Angela, also had their picture taken with Santa to add to their Christmas memorabilia.
To add to the already fun-filled event, a Christmas tree drawing took place and Liam Johnson won one of the live Christmas trees, donated by Brickman Landscaping, on Saturday and Ibiene Opuigol won on Sunday. Russett residen, Linda Houck and familymembers Camden, Kadence and Klhoe enjoyed breakfast while mingling with others as did my husband, Russett Community Association Vice President Tim Reyburn.
As the hustle and bustle slowly came to a close and everyone gathered up their belongings, Santa was heard saying, "Merry Christmas and ho, ho, ho," as he made his way out to his waiting sleigh, only to return on another December day. A big Russett thank you goes out to all the participants, volunteers and staff for making this another successful, sold-out event.