Santa Claus chose one of the coldest nights in December to pay a visit to the children of Eastport. He came with Mrs. Claus, elves, Frosty, students from Shead High School, and the Husson University Boat School.
People gathered around barrels to warm their hands by the fire and lend an ear to the musicians who braved the frigid temperatures to sing Christmas carols.
Eventually even Santa had enough of the December chill and he dashed away to Peavey Library to sit fireside with more than 150 children and adults from Eastport, Pleasant Point, Pembroke, Perry, and other surrounding towns.
Patrons of the library brought snacks and cocoa for everyone ( I was spotted at the buffet on more than one occasion) and as I sat eating one feta truffle too many, I stared at the organized chaos.
I watched the rapt faces of the children and their proud parents and saw the smiles of those whose children have long since grown.
I laughed at Santa who was having his lap worn out ( I just know there will be a lump of coal for me on Christmas morning).
I thought about the Shead High School students who weren’t too “cool” to participate in a Christmas parade.
I considered the unique character of Eastport and the generous, open hearts of the people who breathe life into this little city and I wondered: do they really know how special they are?
Happy Holidays from Downeast Maine!