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Scrooge Classic continues to make the holidays merry for Hall children

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Standing in front to the large Christmas tree in the clubhouse lobby of the Village at Deaton Creek is Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch,  Dr. Louis Spear, who is serving as chairman of the board of directors; Connie Stephens, executive director of Hall-Dawson CASA; and Cindy Scott, who is continuing the Scrooge Classic toy drive in memory of her husband Walter Scott who originated the community effort when the couple moved into the Village At Deaton Creek from Cumming. See more scenes from the toy collection below.

Standing in front to the large Christmas tree in the clubhouse lobby of the Village at Deaton Creek is Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch, Dr. Louis Spear, who is serving as chairman of the board of directors; Connie Stephens, executive director of Hall-Dawson CASA; and Cindy Scott, who is continuing the Scrooge Classic toy drive in memory of her husband Walter Scott who originated the community effort when the couple moved into the Village At Deaton Creek from Cumming. See more scenes from the loading of this year’s toy collection below.

By LEANNE AKIN
lakin@clickthepaper.com
A Stewart Pro Air Services truck filled with donated toys and food arrived Monday at “The Little House” in Gainesville which serves as the office for Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
The Little House is where holiday magic will continue  during a Thursday drop-in open house but the merriment began at The Village of Deaton Creek where bikes, dolls and other toys along with nonperishable food items extended out from under the large tree in the community’s clubhouse lobby.
On Monday, Connie Stephens, who has served as the executive director of the Hall-Dawson Program since 1990, visited the Village at Deaton Creek along with Hall County Sheriff’s Office personnel and others who served as Santa’s elves.
Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch and other department members arrived to help load the bounty of donations collected during the Scrooge Classic.

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Santa Claus at the Hoschton Depot

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The Romero family visited with Santa Claus at the Hoschton Depot. The Hoschton Women's Civic Club hosted the annual holiday gathering which found families taking home a photo of their children with Santa.

The Romero family visited with Santa Claus at the Hoschton Depot. The Hoschton Women’s Civic Club hosted the annual holiday gathering which found families taking home a photo of their children with Santa.

Santa Claus visited with children at the Hoschton Depot on Saturday as the Hoschton Women’s Civic Club hosted the annual holiday event as a community outreach.

See scenes from the event in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

Santa at the Hoschton Depot 2014

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Pajamas and Poetry draws crowd to Crawford Long Museum

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Twas the Night Before Christmas was read by Andy Garrison during Saturday's "Poetry and Pajamas" event at the Crawford W. Long Museum. See more scenes below in LeAnne Akin's photo gallery.

Twas the Night Before Christmas was read by Andy Garrison during Saturday’s “Poetry and Pajamas” event at the Crawford W. Long Museum. See more scenes below in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery.

“Poetry and Pajamas” was hosted Saturday morning at Crawford W. Long Museum with Andy Garrison  presenting a dramatic reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Donned in a long sleeping shirt and hat, Garrison entertained a crowd of children as he asked them about their favorite Christmas carols.

The children enjoyed donuts and hot chocolate before listening to the story and then relocating to the upstairs classroom to make a Christmas ornament to take home. Miss Tracy showed children how to make several designs of a paintbrush Santa and children crafted their own designs.

Pajamas and poetry at CLM

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Downtown in December: Santa visits Jefferson

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Hudson Barton, the 2-week-old son of William and Stacy Barton, had his photo made with Santa Claus. See more scenes from the Friday Downtown in December happenings in Jefferson.

Hudson Barton, the 2-week-old son of William and Stacy Barton, had his photo made with Santa Claus. See more scenes from the Friday Downtown in December happenings in Jefferson.

The holiday season was officially celebrated Friday so Downtown in December is under way as the Christmas tree in Marlowe Park was lit by Mayor Roy Plott, wife Debra, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, members of the Jefferson City Council and guests.

Weather likely kept more people away as the sprinkles of rainfall looked like falling snow as a cameraflash hit the precipitation. (See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below)
Before the tree and the garland in Marlowe Park was illuminated. a duo from the Fifth Row Theatre performed Christmas carols and other singers arrived later to join in some caroling at downtown locations.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Marlowe Park horse-drawn carriage and then made their way back to Crawford Long Museum so that Santa could visit with children.

Downtown in Dec 2014 in Jefferson

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Santa Claus with 2-week-old Hudson Barton.
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Avery Walton, 5, with Santa.
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Santa Claus poses with 5-year-old Avery Walton.
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Stacy Barton holds 2-week-old Hudson as 3-year-old Jacy enjoys her peppermint stick while sitting next to dad William.
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Carolers sang at different locations in downtown including in Marlowe Park before the lighting of the tree.
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Carolers sang at different locations in downtown including in Marlowe Park before the lighting of the tree.
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Darren Hogwood, who will turn 2 on Dec. 18, visited with Santa.
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus rode in a beautiful horse-drawn wagon to Marlowe Park to be on hand for the lighting of the tree.
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus rode in a beautiful horse-drawn wagon to Marlowe Park to be on hand for the lighting of the tree.
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Santa and Mrs. Claus were ready to assist with the tree lighting.
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Debra Plott said she hadn't had her picture made with Santa in years.
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The tree was lit in Marlowe Park.
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Santa cradled Hudson Barton for a photo.
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Helpers were busy getting photos ready for families to take home.
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The Jefferson Pilot Club again decorate its tree outside the museum.
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In spite of the weather, families lined up outside so children could visit with Santa.
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In spite of the weather, families lined up outside so children could visit with Santa.
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Downtown Jefferson is aglow for the holiday season.
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It's officially the Christmas season with Friday's lighting of the tree.
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Hudson Barton, who is 2 weeks old, had his picture made with Santa Claus.
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Jacy Barton, 3, was ready to tell Santa what is on her Christmas list.
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Outside the museum, Scot Chalmers entertained.
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Scot Chalmers showcased his juggling in front of Marlowe Park.
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Stacy Barton gets her 2-week-old son Hudson ready for a photo with Santa.
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Walt Carlan posed with Santa Claus.
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Walt Carlan posed with Santa Claus.
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Walt Carlan posed with Santa Claus.

Holiday shopping season under way in Braselton

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Several food trucks provided an additional attraction in downtown Braselton for Small Business Saturday which also included an outdoor holiday market and the farmers market, which is on Fridays through Dec. 19, along with opportunities for holiday shopping and window-shopping to plan for future purchases. See LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

Several food trucks provided an additional attraction in downtown Braselton for Small Business Saturday which also included an outdoor holiday market and the farmers market, which is on Fridays through Dec. 19, along with opportunities for holiday shopping and window-shopping to plan for future purchases. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

Braselton’s “Small Business Saturday” was a large success, according to merchants and town officials in downtown and beyond.
By becoming an American Express Small Business Saturday “Neighborhood Champion”  this year,  the goal was to get more people to come downtown to shop and help promote local businesses, according to  Downtown Director Amy Pinnell.
“The real success story will have to come from our merchants though – whether they had good sales for the day,” said Pinnell.
And the verdict was in from several local businesses owners and operators.

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