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Santa and holiday crafts in store for children at “Christmas at the Farm”

SANBORN – It’s not every day you get a chance to glimpse Santa poised in a 150-year-old sleigh, but that’s what is planned for “Christmas at the Farm” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday.

The event is sponsored by the Sanborn Area Historical Society at its Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, in conjunction with the Sanborn Business and Professional Association.

Santa will be available for visits with the kids from noon to 3 p.m. each day.

“The kids crawl right up there into the sleigh with Santa and it’s quite the thing,” said Bonnie Haskell, who co-chairs the event with Glenn Wienke.

She said Santa distributes a small gift for every child age 2 to 8.

Volunteers have been busy decorating the half-dozen large trees that will lend some Christmas cheer to the large meeting hall where the event will take place. One will boast cookie cutters while another will be adorned with vintage handkerchiefs, Haskell said, adding that they change themes each year.

Children love the free crafts, Haskell said, with some centering on simple pine cones.

“The kids roll them in peanut butter and then in birdseed and they go right into a plastic bag with a ribbon to take home and feed the birds,” she said. “The kids go crazy for this. They’ll also be making a glitter ornament for the tree this year from pine cones, and mini Christmas trees.”

Noting that the entire event “caters to kids,” Haskell added that children also will have a chance to decorate Christmas cookies. And they will be excited to greet “Olaf” from Disney’s “Frozen” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Haskell said lunch will be available for purchase each day, serving soup, hot dogs and “tacos in a bag.” Free goody tables also will be set up, offering coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

A small basket auction also will be featured this year for the adults, boasting Christmas-related prizes.

“Everything will be free here, except if people buy lunch or auction tickets,” Haskell said. “This is our big thank-you to the community for supporting us all year. It’s a lot of work and we’re bone-tired by the end of it, but it’s all worth it.”

Haskell also reminds residents and visitors that a Christmas Community Caroling and Walk is planned for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19, planned by the business association.

“We meet in Tina’s Restaurant parking lot on Buffalo Street and walk to the corner of Route 31, where we light the tree and have cookies and hot chocolate and sing carols,” Haskell said.

Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring a flashlight or large candle.