ATHOL - Generations of Thurman citizens made new memories while sharing holiday cheer at the Thurman Christmas Party held Sept. 13 at the Thurman Town Hall.
Hosted by the Thurman Youth Commission, the event included a visitation by Santa and Mrs. Claus, craft activities for children, refreshments and caroling beside the town Christmas tree.
Santa and his wife arrived by two Thurman fire trucks and was escorted by local firefighters to the awaiting children, sharing holiday cheer with the 65 children plus dozens of townspeople present.
Parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts - even great-grandparents - watched and listened as the children shared their Christmas wishes with Santa.
The town hall was packed with people, as children partook of treats spread out on a table the width of the hall and then decorated Christmas tree ornaments, complete with their names on them.
The children weren't the only ones treated at the event.
Wildlife also received some attention.
Norma Galusha and her local girl scouters took pine cones, rolled them in peanut butter and bird seed, and hung them on the outdoor Christmas tree, where the creations served as both decorations and bird treats.
Ida Ovitt and her boy scouts and cub scouts strung popcorn and cranberries to provide garland for the tree.
Thurman Youth Commission member Maria Ligon said this year's turnout was impressive. Until several years ago, Ligon played Santa Claus at the event - this year, she was dressed as an elf.
"I think this was the best Christmas party we ever had - there was a lot of enthusiasm amongst the parents and kids - they all had such a great time," she said. "Occasions like this really help build a sense of community."
"The kids had such a great time," she said.
Maria's husband Jim Ligon, a Thurman Town Board member, agreed that both the children and adults had a lot of fun.
"A great old-fashioned time was had by all," he said.