Only 21 shopping days until Christmas. Time flies when you’re having fun and Thanksgiving falls later in November.
Even with the weather gradually getting colder, I still love this time of year. Everyone tries to stay on their best behavior because Santa may be watching. Everywhere you look windows and door sparkle with holiday decorations and the streets are lined with colorful banners and illuminated snowflakes. These signs can only indicate one thing in Portage, it is time for Portage’s City Celebration of Christmas parade and park lighting this Saturday at Gilbert Park.
But first up is the annual Toys for Tots Celebration and Toy Drive at another new location this year. The Toy Drive will be held at Aylesworth Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Marine Corps sets up this annual drive each year to help those children who are less fortunate right here in Porter County. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit children with toys for the holiday.
The Portage Kiwanis Club and Schoop’s of Portage have again slated their Chili Luncheon Fund Raising event during the Toys for Tots event. The lunch includes chili, baked potatoes with all the trimmings, hot dogs and beverages all for a dollar each. The money raised will be given to the Toys for Tots event. There will be several youth choirs serenading with the sounds of the season for your entertainment. Free photos with Santa sponsored by Walgreen’s will also be available.
Of course, we all know Christmas is always so much more special with children and they are Kiwanis’ number one priority. The Chili Luncheon helps raise funds for the Kiwanis Dictionary Project which provides a personalized dictionary to every Portage Township Schools third grader. This year the club has given out more than 500 dictionaries to the kids in Portage Township Schools. So please patronize all our sponsors of the event which are displayed on our festive placemat that day.
I know it gets busy this time of year but please make time for this very worthwhile event and then head down Willowcreek for Portage’s celebration and Winter Wonderland. This is truly a labor of love and is a personal gift from the city to your family.
The good ole fashioned Christmas parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Willowcreek Middle School to Gilbert Park to carry Santa (a little bird told me that Mrs. Claus will be with him this year) there to get the job done.
Once we all arrive at Gilbert Park we encourage everyone to enjoy the magical lighting of Gilbert Memorial Park. More pictures with Santa and carolers, hot cocoa and cookies will be for sale courtesy of the Myers Student Council.
This is a fantastic way to start the Christmas season with Santa and also enjoy the spirit of giving. As always, I pray for good weather and to see all your bright, shining faces.
The Portage Historical Society will be ushering in Christmas on the Farm 2013 with Father Christmas, Mrs. Claus and cookies and punch, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will kid’s coloring contests and prizes and Scott Conner will be there on Sunday playing Christmas music on his Dulcimer.
What a great holiday weekend; don’t miss it!