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Christmas in Our Town

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

MARKLE- Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating and present shopping greeted those who attended “Christmas in Our Town” Saturday in Markle.

Nadean Brown, owner of Nadean’s Cakes Cookies Catering, baked Christmas cookies for children to decorate with white frosting and colorful sprinkles. There were cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees and stars children could decorate.

“This is a small town and homey atmosphere and the people who live here are friendly,” Brown said.

Brown also sold holiday cookies, brownies and Chex mix in her store.

Greg and Mandy Kopp, Markle, brought their two children, Kenzie, 2, and Parker, 5, to the event.

It was their second year for coming to the event and said it is starting to be a family tradition.

“They like having breakfast with Santa and decorating cookies. We are thankful for our family and will decorate our Christmas tree today at home,” Mandy said.

Debra Princell, Markle, and her grandson Wyatt Berry, 3, Huntington, greeted Santa and Mrs. Claus.

“This is our first year for coming to this and I have lived in Markle for 8 years and I like the small town,” Princell said.

Berry said he wants a shooting set for Christmas and he likes to throw snowballs at Christmas time.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived on a firetruck at All Your Expectations Event Center. Children and their parents enjoyed donuts, orange juice and milk and children could tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.

A craft bazaar also was set up where parents could buy candles, children’s clothing and holiday crafts.

Markle United Methodist Church had a toy shop where children could shop for Christmas presents at a discounted rate for their families. Free gift wrapping was provided and there also was a cookie sale.

The church held a soup and supper Saturday night.

Tina Bowman, church member, said the church collected the toys and purchased them for the toy shop.

Tables were set up where toys could be purchased from $1 to $3. Presents ranged from coloring books, Bath and Body Works lotion and coffee mugs.

“I think it’s a great thing for kids to know that the season is about giving to others and it’s fun for the community to be out and about,” Bowman said.

Braylon Leeth, 8, purchased gifts for his friend.

“I want a nerf gun for Christmas and I like to decorate the tree for Christmas and putting ornaments on it,” Braylon said.

Trisha Abbott, Markle Chamber of Commerce member, organized this year’s event.

“We would love those who attend to have a sense of community and this is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” Abbott said.

First Merchants Bank gave away free cookies, hot chocolate and provided a free gift for children and there were camel and pony rides and a petting zoo in Mill Park.