Two-week old Elijah was the youngest person who came to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane, Saturday evening November 25.
Elijah, who came with his mother Charissa Gerrue was one of hundreds who attended. Santa and Mrs. Claus, helped by one of their elves, gave out 150 gift packs to children. The event was organized by the Burney Chamber of Commerce with the help of the Rotary Club, Interact Club, Soroptomists, Burney Fire District, and other community organizations and volunteers.
Before 5 o’clock, children and parents had already formed a long line extending down Christmas Tree Lane.
Emcee Bill Campbell opened the program just after 5 p.m. asking the Honor Guard to present the flag.
The presentation of the flag was followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing of the National anthem.
Then the lights went on!
After the lighting, there was an ugly sweater contest.
Following the contest, the Winkelman sang several traditional Christmas carols including Silent Night and Joy to the World.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in the Burney Fire District’s newly acquired ladder truck.
After Santa and Mrs. Claus were seated, the children came streaming through to sit on Santa’s lap. Santa asked them is they had been good during the year and the children told him what they wanted for Christmas. A friendly elf presented each child with a gift bag.
All during the program, The Rotary Club and Interact Club provided popcorn and cotton candy,
and the Soroptomists served people hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and the Lionesses provided cookies.
It was a wonderful beginning of the Christmas season for the Burney community.