The Oxford Mills Community Association (OMCA) extends heartfelt thanks to all those who helped to bring the “Spirit of Christmas” to the hamlet of Oxford Mills on December 1 and 2.

The Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding kicked off the celebrations on Friday evening by leading everyone in Christmas carols. Gerry and Debbie Van Gurp, who have been faithful supporters of the community, had the honour of lighting the tree. The doors of Maplewood Hall were thrown open and hot drinks and pastries were served while Santa took requests from the youngsters

A party of judges then hit the road to view the bright and colourful Christmas decorations in the surrounding area. Many houses deserved consideration, but in the end the first prize of a $50 gift certificate was awarded to Kelly Maric; a $30 prize went to the Boyer-Shanahan household; and two $20 certificates were given to the Davidson Family and the Presseau-Culbert household.

Santa Claus was the guest of honour at a free pancake breakfast at the Oxford Mills United Church on Saturday morning. Volunteers from the North Grenville Scouts and the OMCA served pancakes, sausages and drinks to more than 160 people. Special thanks to Erick LePors, of Dial-a-Chef, for donating sausages, kitchen supplies, and his time.

A Craft Fair of local vendors took place at Maplewood Hall on Saturday. The Hall was packed with shoppers looking for those special handmade Christmas gifts, and they were not disappointed. Patrons enjoyed barrel fires supervised by the North Grenville Fire Department, hot soup from the Brigadoon Restaurant in Oxford Mills, and fresh baked buns from Grahame’s Bakery in Kemptville.

A big Thank You go to the following community supporters: Brigadoon Restaurant; Erick LePors, Dial a Chef; Gerry and Debbie Van Gurp; Grahame’s Bakery; North Grenville Scouts; Oxford Mills United Church; Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding; the deVette family; the Seguin family; the Clarke family; the Davidson family; Steve and Sylvie Jonsson; The North Grenville Times; Cogeco Cable; the North Grenville Fire Department; Juice FM and The Kemptville Advance.

Special thanks go out to all the local businesses that donated items to our online auction; their support made this wonderful weekend possible. And, of course, to the supporters that come out year after year to celebrate with us in the beautiful village of Oxford Mills.

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