In friendly holiday competition, the new Administrator of St. Patrick Catholic Church in York, Rev. Keith Carroll, shown, took the top prize at the parish school’s annual Human Christmas Tree competition. Decorated by the students of grades 1 – 3, Fr. Carroll received more votes than his good-natured “competitor,” Rev. Jonathan Sawicki from the neighboring Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Mary Elizabeth Muir, school principal.
Three members of the Springettsbury Township Police Department visited students at St. Joseph School, York, on Dec. 20. Chief Thomas Hyers, Lt. Todd King and Officer Matthew Berry treated the students to a reading of the holiday favorite, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Pictured with the students are Lt. King, left, and Officer Berry.
Real reindeer look more like a moose than a white-tailed deer. (Photo by Kevin Dooley via Flickr.com)
Today’s Kid Scoop celebrates one of the most enduring images of Christmas — the fact that Santa Claus’ sleigh is pulled by a team of reindeer.
Reindeer, of course, are real creatures but they don’t look quite as cute as the deer Americans are most familiar with. Instead, they’re more like a moose than a white-tailed deer.
Reindeer, which can weigh up to 700 lbs each, come from the subarctic and arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and that makes them ideal animals to help Santa out on his yearly mission. To help them beat the cold, they have a thick coat of fur that can have a variety of colors, including white, brown and black.
Both male and female reindeer grow antlers. This is to help them dig through deep snow and uncover plants to eat.
As for Santa Claus’ reindeer, Wikipedia has a long article on the team, but you know the top nine reindeer, right? They are:
Rudolph (when the weather calls for his inclusion)
In the wild reindeer travel in huge herds. (Photo by Kiskadee 3 via Flickr.com)
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Bring the kids for a gingerbread party and leave the mess behind from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township.
Emphasizing the importance of healthy eating, kids can also participate in the Taste the Rainbow scavenger hunt at the market. Go on the hunt for a fruit or vegetable of each color in the rainbow and kids will earn an apple for participating. Plus face painting and a coloring contest will be on-going throughout the event on both days. Most activities have minimal charges or are free to attendees.
For more information, contact the orchard at (717) 252-2540 or visit www.flinchbaughsorchard.com.
Santa Claus will be at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Photo opportunities with Santa will be available for children, grandchildren and small pets. Children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and share their secret wish list. Hot chocolate and cookies will
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Dec. 7.
The Mason-Dixon Line has announced the lineup of its 34th annual Delta Christmas Fair this weekend.
– Live Nativity, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 629 Main St. Girl Scouts will be caroling throughout the borough.
– Lighting of the Delta Borough tree, 8 p.m. on the grounds of Delta Discount Grocery and More, 520 Main St. Santa will arrive, Mason-Dixon Lions Club will provide treats for kids, Kennard-Dale High School musicians will perform, and all present will join in singing traditional songs.
– All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Delta Area Community Senior Center and a craft show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center, 5 Pendyrus St.
– Santa will visit, 10 a.m.-noon, and a flea market and food, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co., 500 Main St.
– Children’s movie marathan featuring “Elf” at noon, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 1:45 p.m., and “The Polar Express” at 2:45 p.m. Sponsored by Harford County Public Library, Whiteford branch.
The information center for the fair weekend will be at the Old Line Museum, 602 Main St., Delta.
Junior League of York’s 40th annual Toy Sale will be 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Asbury UMC, 340 E. Market St., York.
Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, and anyone with children in their lives can expect to find a multitude of reasonably priced new and gently used toys such as books, bikes, electronics, board games, baby items, and more for children of all ages.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO DONATE: Donations of new and gently used toys are currently being accepted at the Junior League Thrift Shop, 166 W. Market St., York, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.
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