Annual Christmas tradition able to continue with changes

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Santa stands next to the community tree, which was lit for the first time at around 6:00 p.m. on December 7, during Olde Fashioned Christmas.
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

Though changes were taken due to COVID-19 this year, the 17th Annual Remsen Olde Fashioned Christmas event was able to take place with much planning by the Olde Fashioned Christmas Committee.

On Monday, December 7, 2020, parents and their children lined up on Main Street in their vehicles to see the Blessing of the Tree, Lighting of the Tree, and Santa Claus.

The Blessing of the Tree, given by Pastor Garrett Kasper of Christ Lutheran Church, took place at 6:00 p.m., right next to the community tree, which was located across from the old grocery store on the corner of Third St. and Washington St. this year.

The good little girls and boys dropped off their letters for Santa at the mailbox provided.
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

Santa then made his entrance on the fire truck to give the countdown and light the community tree. Santa then hopped back on the fire truck to be taken to the window of Furnishings on Second at Muller’s to be able to see the kids safely as they dropped off their letters.

Police Chief Scott Allen then lead the line of cars from the tree down Main St. to Furnishings on Second at Muller’s, where each family took their turn dropping off letters to Santa, taking pictures with Santa throug the window, and receiving treats from the elves and police chief.

The Olde Fashioned Christmas Committee thanks all their volunteers who helped make the event possible this year, “We would like to thank everyone who helped make our event happen on Monday, December 7. The Michelle and Sarah Poeckes family for letting us use their tree. The people who helped with the lighting of the tree and behind the scenes work: Bart Galles, Lee Galles, Nick Galles, Jeremy Homan, Collin Homan, Tate Tentinger, Cade Tentinger, Carolyn Niehus, and The Remsen Co-op for the use of their boom truck. For the planters on Main Street, the Remsen Olde Fashioned Christmas committee purchased the items and the workers that made them magical included Tammy Portz, Kenneth Maass, Steve Niehus and Chris Sonnichsen. Pastor Garret for blessing the tree. Our elves for the night: Claire Schroeder, Octavia Galles, and Mya Bunkers. The Remsen Chamber for sponsoring Santa. Also thanks to Santa, the Remsen Fire Department, Firefighter Todd Tentinger, the Remsen Police Department and Police Chief Scott Allen. Merry Olde Fashioned Christmas!”

Children received a candy cane treat from the elves after visiting with Santa. See more Olde Fashioned Christmas photos in the December 17, 2020 issue of the Remsen Bell.
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

The Olde Fashioned Christmas Committee members include Katrina Homan, Tammy Portz, Karen Harnack, Kendra Hajek, and Jessica Tentinger.