Holiday spirit glows despite wind and rain

(Posted Nov. 28, 2023)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer and Photographer

The weather outside was a bit frightful due to wind and rain, but that didn’t keep people from enjoying London’s Old Fashioned Christmas on Nov. 26. Spirited visitors traveled through the almost-winter wonderland in the heart of the city, shopping for gifts, decorating cookies, making holiday crafts, getting to know a few reindeer, and reminding Santa Claus to make a special stop at their house next month. The 1811 Downtown District hosted the event.

During London’s Old Fashioned Christmas, Eve Breedlove, a.k.a. Miss Candy Cane, read several books to children at the Littles Haircut Factory on South Main Street. Here, she gives a rousing reading of the interactive book, “Only YOU Can Save Christmas! A Help-the-Elf Adventure” by Adam Wallace.
Susie Ryan (left) and Cindy Search were among the dozens of individuals greeting visitors in attire inspired by Charles Dickens’s classic novel, “A Christmas Carol.”
First United Methodist Church was the place to be if you wanted to decorate and/or consume cookies: (front row, from left) Vera Patterson, Miriam Patterson, and Eve Patterson; (back row) Katelyn Hanna, director of youth ministries, and Cindy Gross, a church member and grandmother of Vera, Miriam, and Eve. Church volunteers made more than 140 sugar cookies for the event.
Steady rain didn’t deter these horses from transporting Old Fashioned Christmas guests up and down Main Street. They hailed from the Horseshoe Farm Carriage Service.
The Paper Boutique on South Main Street held a special craft-making session during Old Fashioned Christmas. Participants made Santa Claus gnomes using Mason jars, mop heads, ornaments, and other materials. Pictured with their creations are: (front row, from left) Teri Haynes, Erin Kossler, Kelly Durban, Karen Salyer and Melinda Biler; (back) Vicki Germann, gnome project instructor.
Dancer, a 7-year-old reindeer from Pine Acres Reindeer Farm in western Marion County, fuels up with an oat and corn snack.
London Visual Arts Guild member Sandy Fox makes ornaments out of construction paper at the craft station inside Relevant Co. on South Main Street.
Santa Claus engages in a discussion with Carter Lofton, 4, about the upcoming holiday.
Mark and Kelsey Murack await the train with their children Kleo (left) and Kase (right). The train depot, which was actually a backdrop for photo opportunities, was stationed inside eMerge Real Estate.
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