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Christmas Dreamland At-the-Woods Brought Holiday Cheer to Atwood

Chris Forman is the A-H Grade School/Jr. High Principal, but a kid at heart. He loved sitting on Santa’s knee. Merry Christmas to all from Principal Chris!

By Doris Elmore
Staff Writer

From December 5 to December 10 (minus Dec. 7) the former Kirby Clinic, downtown Main Street in Atwood, was transformed into a Christmas Dreamland At-the-Woods. It was truly amazing how exam rooms can be turned into beautiful Christmas rooms with various themes for the holidays. This event was for people from 1 mo. to older and 164 people (not including the workers) came through Dreamland to see the beautiful displays.

When you entered the building (at the back door) you signed in and the first room you visited was the beautiful patriotic room by the Atwood American Legion #770 and Legion Auxiliary. Everything was done in red, white and blue with a flag that said “Thank You Veterans.” It was very impressive.

Next room was the Lake Fork United Church of Christ, north of Atwood. This was so unique with a mountain made of paper, but it really looked authentic. It was like a forest with trees and lights. It made you want to start singing, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

As you continued your journey, next you visited the lovely comfortable room of the Atwood Christian Church. It was so pretty and cozy and they gave out pamphlets about the Legend of the Candy Canes and their church. It made you want to settle in by their fireplace and stay and visit a while.

Winding back a little you find yourself in the “Happy Birthday Ainsley” Room. Erin and Bobby Beck and family have set up a wonderful program where they give a Happy Birthday Bag in memory of their daughter who passed away approximately 8 years ago. What a touching and memorable project.

From there the path continued through a room with festive lighted villages and a lighted Abominable Snowman from the movie Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer. Then you entered the A-H Public Library story room. Kathy Davis invited the children and parents alike to sit and listen to The Gingerbread Man. She made it sound so lifelike and everyone enjoyed it. Kathy can probably recite it by heart at this point. It was uniquely decorated.

The ladies of the United Church of Atwood greeted you with a fireplace room, but mostly they had many items labeled with their Christmas meaning, and gave out a pamphlet listing many more meaning. In addition, they gave out a pickle ornament. “The Legend of the Pickle: Start this tradition in your home…legend says that the pickle, a symbol of good luck, was the last ornament placed on the tree. The morning was rewarded with an extra gift left by St. Nicholas. This tradition encourages children to appreciate all the beautiful ornaments on the tree, rather than rushing to see what Santa has left for them.”

Next in line was the festive room of the Atwood First Baptist Church. There was a cute mailbox that opened and closed and a small dog greeted you when it opened. There were Disney figures, a decorated pole light and a beautiful throw of the nativity.

The lights around the door blinked to the Christmas toons it played.

The BIG surprise came when you reached the front of the building and met by Santa and Mrs. Claus. It was delightful to see the faces of the kids when they saw Santa and were given a treat by Mrs. Claus. On Saturday, the treats were given by ALAH Jr. Miss Emmalee Nall and Little Miss ALAH Maelee Stirrett. It is always good to bring some bling into the picture with our queens.

All in all, it was a great week. A big THANK YOU is given to all the groups involved, starting with the Village of Atwood letting us use the building. After the first of the year, work will begin to make it the new Municipal Building. It made for a Merry Christmas with the community working together. It was great having law enforcements officials participating in the fun as well.

The front of the building will remain lighted throughout the holidays. The groups were thrilled to see so many people coming through. Thanks to all who supported this community endeavor.

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