The children’s Christmas Party at the Legion.

The children’s Christmas Party at the Legion.

Striking A Balance – Christmas carols and feasts enjoyed

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events from Clinton.

A Victorian Christmas

The weather was much more co-operative this year for the Victorian Christmas in Clinton than it was last year. The temperatures in 2013 dipped to –32 (as the day-time high) but this year the temperature hovered around zero.

Most of the retail stores had specials, refreshments, etc. to peak the interest of shoppers. The Craft/Bake Sale in the Legion basement was a hub of activity from start to finish, with a good selection of baked goods, crafts and paintings. The Mill Girls Follies, in full costume sold baking and other items to raise funds for their trip to Germany next year.

Three varieties of soup were available at the Legion Sale as well. Shoppers could fortify themselves for the rest of the shopping throughout town.

In addition to the various sales, etc. in the local shops the Clinton Museum was open all weekend. This gave local residents, who often don’t think of exploring this treasure in their own backyard a chance to have a look.

A small group of adults and children gathered at the Christmas tree in front of the Village Office to sing carols and cheer when Mayor Rivet threw the switch to officially light the tree for the Christmas season.

In the evening Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle members treated the community to a delicious ham and turkey dinner with all the fixings, followed by a rendition of the Christmas Story in song and mime. It was a delightful way to end the day of festivities.

Christmas Light Up Contest

The Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee is once again holding a Christmas Light Up Contest in the Clinton area. Prizes will be awarded for the best residential and the best commercial display.

Judging will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. so Clinton area residents are asked to make sure their lights are on if they wish to be judges in the competition.

Children’s Christmas Party

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #194, Clinton Branch hosted the Annual Community Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 7 with the jolly man in the red suit in attendance.

Approximately 30 children age 10 and under were excited to see the arrival of Santa Claus. One by one they sat with Santa and received a gift and teddy bear while family members looked on and took photos.

The Legion hosts this event every year for the children of the community with the support of some generous sponsors, including Donex and Canlan Sports of 100 Mile House.

Susan Swan