“Dexter” (left), a Great Dane, looks at Santa as if to say, “Why can’t I sit on your lap, too?” “Dexter,” a Great Dane, belongs to Heather See. “Amber,” a chihuahua, belongs to Alan Knowles. See and Knowles are veterinarians at Sheffield Veterinary Clinic, which set up shop at Dillion Realty during London’s Old Fashioned Christmas on Dec. 2. For $5 donations, the clinic took pictures of people’s pets with Santa. The proceeds will be used to buy oxygen masks for local squads and fire departments for pet rescues.
Luke and Ruth Peart sing Christmas carols and hymns at Madison County Hospital’s Lights of Love. Luke is a fifth-grader at London Elementary. Ruth is an eighth-grader at London Middle School. For their last number, “Silent Night,” they asked the crowd to sing along. With the phrase “all is bright,” the switch was flipped to turn on the lights on the trees on the hospital’s front lawn.
Madison County Hospital’s Lights of Love is an opportunity for area residents to remember or honor loved ones by sponsoring lit trees and lights on the hospital’s front lawn. The official tree lighting took place Dec. 1 prior to the start of London’s Old Fashioned Christmas. This year marks the 24th annual Lights of Love.
Conner Hamms (left) and William Kerry, Wolf Cub Scouts with Pack 102 of London, pour popcorn into bags. Pack 102 members sold treats at Cowling Park during Old Fashioned Christmas. Proceeds will help to defray camping and activity expenses for the Scouts. Mandy’s Daycare, Lakeside Plaza and R.J. Corman Derailment Services donated goods for the concession stand.
(From left) Cindy Shoemaker, Marie Nibert and Ginny Hunter play chimes and sing Christmas carols in the Madison County Courthouse. They were among more than a dozen members of the Madison County Senior Center’s chimes ensemble who performed during London’s Old Fashioned Christmas.
Homeowners on North Main Street added to the festive atmosphere with elaborate outdoor lighting decorations.
Always popular, the horse-drawn wagon rides transported Old Fashioned Christmas visitors up and down Main Street.
Pine Acres Reindeer Farm out of Larue, Ohio, not only supplied the horse-drawn wagons for Old Fashioned Christmas, they also brought along a couple of real Arctic reindeer. Their diet consists of alfalfa, cracked corn, rye, oats, and beet pulp mixed with molasses. Both males and females grow antlers. Males live to be 10 to 15 years old. Females live to be 15 to 20 years old.
Clifford the Big Red Dog was the special guest at London Library, where children could hear Christmas stories, make crafts and take home treats. Posing for a picture with Clifford are Ein Luster, 6, and his sister, Rylee Luster, 5, of London.
The Downtown London Association hosted London’s Old Fashioned Christmas on Dec. 2. Businesses and organizations on Main, First, Second and High streets stayed open late, carolers and bands performed, Santa heard children’s wish lists and horses pulled wagonloads of visitors up and down Main.
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