Presiding over the program was Santa Claus himself who sat in the middle of the gym. Principal Judi Shafer explained that it was really Santa’s helper, Francis Shafer, her brother-in-law, filling in for Santa. Earlier in the day, Santa’s helpers, Bruce Swafford and Pastor Marc Adams, showed up at the school and talked to any of the kids who wanted to talk about Christmas.
“He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk. ...”
“Parents love watching their children perform,” Principal Shafer said. “And if we can help in that, it makes our hearts happy.”
“I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight — Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
My favorite part of Christmas is ... Edgewood fifth-graders answered the first part of a sentenced posed to them by The Herald Bulletin: "My favorite part of Christmas is ..." They answered: ◆ " ... Giving back to kids that are not as lucky as I am. ... Just think if you did not have presents on Christmas Day." -- Allie Bramwell ◆ " ... Sitting by the fire and just having fun with my family." -- Ryan Barcus ◆ " ... To listen to Christmas music and decorate the house and tree." -- Maddy Mudd ◆ " ... Not just the gifts under the tree. It is the time I spend with my family and the birth of Jesus." -- Ashley Hudson ◆ " ... Giving. I like to make people happy that can't afford to buy presents." -- Brandon Davisson ◆ " ... Spending time with family because you won't have forever to spend time with family." -- Cecelia Litten ◆ " ... Spending time with my family looking at Christmas lights and celebrating the birth of Jesus." -- Kaia Schultz