To the Valley News:
Twinkle of Christmas Stars, Snow and Servers (in Lake Placid).
Some years ago stars twinkled above the stable where a child was born. Now on Christmas Day the Lake Placid air twinkles with snow crystals while inside the Erdman Hall the eyes of Claire Thayer and her Team of chefs, servers and even the butter boy and team of candle lighters also show delightful twinkle.
15 years ago Claire Thayer decided if she was to spend so much energy on Christmas dinner, she would invite the community to join her Family. With the sponsorship of the Ecumenical Charity program, Christmas meals have since been served in the Hall of the Community Church.
The food fare continues to be a delicious variety of season delights.
Placemats speak of “Sharing Christmas Joy” through sharing prayer, song, scripture and “A Moment” and encourage us to “share this season” through gifts of Saviour, Scripture, Music and “This Meal”.
The attendance of about 80 people each year includes village natives including Seniors from the Greenwood as well as new-comers such as from Phoenix - even with their perennial visitors.
We were joined by two Chinese Ladies experiencing their first Christmas. They sang the season song, Jingle Bells, in Chinese as well as wishing us “Merry Christmas” in their native tongue.
Their college instructor. Holly Carey, asked which of 18 Christmas legends are Bible based. Claire Thayer then assisted in reading Matthew and Luke Christmas accounts. No, we can not confirm Mary rode a Donkey or that a Drummer boy came to see baby Jesus.
The Thayer Family is to be thanked for their kindness to the community. Certainly the Child of Christmas thanks them for their kindnesses as He recorded in Matthew 25:40
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”