Mount Eden Christmas is Friday

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Giant Frosty the Snowman not expected to show up

By Lisa King

With mild weather predicted for Friday, it may not feel much like Christmas, but that should change quickly in Mount Eden as visitors get into the holiday spirit with all of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the season as that community’s holiday festivities get under way.

The annual Christmas in Mount Eden will begin at 5 p.m. at the Ruritan Club building with some great food, said Magistrate Tony Carriss, who lives in nearby.

“You can bet there’ll be plenty to eat, and plenty of everything else,” he said with a chuckle.

“We’ll have chili with all the fixin’s and homemade pies of all kinds,” he said. “We’ll have plenty to eat and plenty of everything.”

Everything, that is – except Frosty, the 18-foot snowman that made a comeback in 2011 after a 5-year absence, following a huge team effort by townspeople, including six key Ruritan Club members, to renovate him.

But sadly he was roughed up by the weather after the last event, Carriss said.

“He was pretty badly damaged last year, so he’ll have to sit out this year,” he said. “But you’ll probably see him back again next year.”

Other activities will include trolley rides, games for the kids and even a silent auction, Carriss said, capped off by the presence of the Jolly Old Elf himself.

“Santa will be there, and he’ll have treats for the children,” he said. “He’ll even have a whole room set up for himself – the kids will love it.”

But kids won’t be the only ones indulging in some holiday fun, Carriss said.

“We will have a whole building full of arts and crafts, and everyone can shop for Christmas gifts there,” he said.

That part of the event is expected to contain craft vendors with all kinds of items available, with everything from hand-knitted articles to homemade delectables and everything in between.

Carriss said that he expects the ruritan club to be brimming over with people really enjoying themselves and having a good time.

“Everybody always has fun, and the more people that come out, the better we like it,” he said. “Mount Eden is a close community and we really enjoy getting together at this time of year and sharing the holidays with everyone.”

In addition to yummy food, which could even include some homemade jam cake – it did last year – there will also be food for the soul.

That will be supplied by a heavenly host of gospel singers scheduled for 6:30 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, located near the ruritan club.

Judy Bentley, organizer of the musical extravaganza, said at least four gospel groups have been lined up so far: Hilltop, the Waldridge Family, the Bob Rucker group and Jerry Franklin.

“There may be one more, but they haven’t confirmed yet,” she said.

Bentley said it was decided to have the singing at the church because it would allow more room for people to come and enjoy a night of real quality gospel music.

“I hope we will have a big crowd,” she said. “I think we will, because the weather is not supposed to be bad, although a little snow sure wouldn’t hurt. I remember one year, it snowed all through it [Mount Eden Christmas], not a hard snow, just enough to make it really feel like Christmas. It was so beautiful.”


Mount Eden Christmas

WHAT:Community Christmas celebration

WHEN:5 p.m., Friday

WHERE: Mount Eden Ruritan Club on Mount Eden Road

FOOD:Chili supper with homemade pies for dessert