GIFT EXCHANGE — After asking for a drum for Christmas, Arianna Howe, 9, presents Santa and Mrs. Claus with gifts — a tie for the big elf and a snowman for his wife — while Santa’s better half hands a present to the generous girl. About 300 children attended Santa’s visit Saturday in Chestertown. The holiday event has been sponsored for 40 years by the Chestertown Rotary Club.
Photo by Thom Randall.
continued Hand-wrapping the presents this year, were Nancy Fregoe, Pat Vogel, Dawn Fregoe and Maureen Dwyer, among others.
Arianna Howe, 9, had a surprise for Santa when she sat on his lap and asked for a drum for Christmas. She presented Santa and Mrs. Claus with gifts — a tie for the big elf and a snowman for his patient wife.
After the rare gift exchange, Arianna headed into the hallway to listen to acoustic Christmas music.
“They’re always getting stuff for me, so it’s time I gave them something back,” she said.
Arianna passed by Kristy Mills, who was watching her son Joey, 3, open a gift from Santa of a toy car carrier.
As the youngster reacted with joy, Mills smiled.
“This is so great, to bring the community together, and provide this for the kids at no cost,” she said. “It gets the kids excited and into the holiday spirit before Christmas.”