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Wonder of Christmas to be celebrated in Donegal

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

The Wonder of Christmas will be held at the Donegal Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event will celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

The event will be hosted by the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society and the Donegal Community Center, and is endorsed by the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce.

“It's a combination of the sacred and the secular,” CRHS Board President Eileen Rose said. “We will be having a live nativity and baby Jesus, but we will also be having the parade of trees, Santa Claus and other activities.”

This is the second year for the event.

“I was very pleased with the turnout,” CRHS Vice President Peggy Shepler said of the first year. ”Being our first year and with the help from the two centers, we were successful.”

“This event was started last year so both the historical society and the Donegal Community Center could work together,” Shepler said. “The community center needs repairs, and also, this was a good time for the communities to come together.”

There will be a parade of trees which is a display of decorated trees located around the center.

Booths will be set up by area nonprofit groups.

“We invited nonprofit groups to come and set up,” Rose said. “It will give them a chance to hand out information on their organizations or sell products if they like.”

There will be friends there for the children to visit with, such as Frosty the Snowman, the Caddy Shack Gopher, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, and, naturally, Santa, who will accompanied by his elves.

There will be live music, horse-drawn rides, food and a Chinese raffle, and 50/50 drawing.

The event is free to attend.

The Christmas in the Mountains event will also be going on at the same time, and Rose hopes that the two will work together.

“We are not a part of the Christmas in the Mountains, but I think that we could be a very nice complement to that event,” Rose said.

“I am really looking forward to this year's event. It is going to be much bigger, with more involvement with the communities,” Shepler said. “There will be more characters, Chinese auction items, variety of food, a craft booth with some unusual items, miniature Coca Cola truck which Ken Tosh drives, and just a wonderful day for the start of the Christmas season. A very Merry Christmas to all.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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