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•CONTENTS• Fe st i va l of Trees 8 Welcome

Victorian Street Walk & Annual Tree Lighting

Holiday Songs 54

Frosty The Snowman

10

Programs & Services

38 Information

55

Jingle Bells

12

Committee Principals

39 Map

56

Here Comes Santa Claus

14

2014 Schedule

40

57

O Come All Ye Faithful

16

A Special Thank You

18

Family Day Committee

22

Corporate Sponsors

24

Table Top Trees

26

Floor Trees

27

Raffle Donors

28

Decor Donors

30

Bruce O’Connell

34

2014 Volunteers

36

Shining Stars

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Event Schedule

58 Rudolph

42 Santa Shops Downtown!

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O Christmas Tree

60

Up On The Housetop

61

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

62

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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The Spirit of Christmas

Welcome to the 19th Annual

Saratoga Festival of Trees The The holiday season is often challenging for many individuals and families living in the tri-county region. Many are finding it difficult to get and keep jobs that pay enough to meet their basic needs. They are having trouble putting nutritious food on their tables, locating affordable and stable housing and securing adequate health care for themselves and their families. The parallel challenge for each of us is to respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable among us with compassion and generosity, and to advocate for systemic change that guarantees the basic necessities for all of our neighbors. In the midst of these trying times, we are aware of our own vulnerability as well as a heightened sensitivity to our deep interconnectedness. It is with a spirit of increased consciousness of the blessings in our lives that we invite you to enjoy this creative holiday fantasy of delightfully decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. Please stop at our raffle table, shop at the Holiday Store and join us for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday – a fun filled day of children’s activities in Santa’s Workshop. Returning again this year is the exquisite miniature Circus, Carnival and Train exhibit built over a 40 year period and presented by its owner, Don Erlenbusch. May the many magical moments of this year’s festival fill our spirits with the peace and joy of the Christmas season. Behind the scenes, scores of dedicated volunteers spent countless hours planning and preparing for this event to be enjoyed by the entire community. For them we are most grateful. Thank you also to the many businesses and corporate sponsors who have generously supported our efforts and to the creative donors of the myriad of items of holiday décor. Our media sponsors, Saratoga Today, SaratogaMama, and Saratoga.com have been wonderful supports as well. And, special thanks to the staff of Allegory Studios for their many years of marketing efforts on our behalf. We encourage you to savor this visual feast and to help further the mission of Catholic Charities by purchasing the holiday items displayed. We wish you a happy, peace-filled holiday season – one that will rekindle hope and trust in the gift of life and our relationship with one another.

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The Steering Committee Sister Charla Commins Kate Deloria Sharon and Stan Drosky Earline Johnson Bruce O’Connell

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Programs & Services

Catholic Charities of

Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties The Saratoga Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser supporting the programs and services offered by Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Engaging the energies of the tri- county communities, Catholic Charities has become a vital part of life for many individuals and families in the region. During 2013, over 7,000 individuals were served by the agency. These services were provided by 54 staff. In addition, 331 volunteers gave 28,000 hours of their time.

Programs and Services offered by Catholic Charities: • Counseling – Individual, couple and family counseling and group support. This program provided 3,757 hours of mental health services to 1,717 individuals including 519 children 1,141 adults and 57 elderly. • Domestic Violence Project – Shelter, counseling, crime victim services, advocacy, education, 24 hour hotline services for victims of domestic violence and their children in Warren and Washington counties. In 2013, 586 adults and 242 children came through our programs. A total of 2,200 bed-nights were provided in the safe shelter. In addition, 2,700 individuals received education and prevention services. • Donovan House – Ballston Spa community-based residential group home program for adolescent boys that provided 14 boys a cumulative 2,081 days of care last year. • Mary’s Haven – A community home for the dying serving persons with irreversible illness, who are in the last three months of their lives and who no longer can remain safely in their homes. In 2013, we served 22 families and provided 432 bed-nights to the terminally ill. • Mentoring Program – Prevention / diversion program impacting youth’s academic, social, and emotional milieu. 123 youth and 57 of their family members took part in the program last year. 10  |  Saratoga Christmas | 2014

• Services to the Elderly were provided to 244 senior citizens. • Emergency Services were provided to 1,178 individuals seeking assistance with concrete basic needs. • The agency received funding from the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) which will provide outreach and education to low income households in Warren County about the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program. Programs and Services are available to anyone in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, always accompanied by information, referral and advocacy as needed. Individuals are never refused services because of their inability to pay. For a complete list of services offered by each county or for additional information please visit http://www.ccrcda.org/ or call:

Administrative Office 142 Regent Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-587-5000

North County Office 35 Broad St. Glen Falls, NY 12801 518-793-6212

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2014 Festival of Trees Theresa Agresta Wayne Bemis Mary Bonner Diana Burke Sister Charla Commins Anne Comstock Kathleen Cosmus Patricia Cross Margaret D’Andrea Kate Deloria Fran Dingeman Sharon Drosky Stan Droskey Bob Dudley Rick Dunn Joan Fitzhenry Margaret Fueston

Committee

Principals

Colleen Guarino Kathy Harkins Kris Hatch Linda Holmes Rick Holmes Julia Ingersoll Earline Johnson Noreen Jones Annie Krasnicki Angela Laterra Joanne Luciano Maureen Lynch Pat Mangona Cindy Manz Mary Ellen Maxwell Bernie McCue Pat Meany

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Jane Mehan Diana Miller Sally Navarro Bruce O’Connell Marcia Okosky Palma Pedrick Kathy Price Anne Reed Candyce Robenstein Sylvia Rogers Jackie Saxton Nancy Schumacher Pam Stiansen Kelly Mansfield Waechter Wayne Wheeler

Catholic Charities Mission Statement Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, is committed to active witness on behalf of the Scriptural values of mercy and justice. Catholic Charities, recognizing human need at all stages of life, responds to all persons regardless of race, creed or lifest yle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Catholic Charities serves and empowers persons in need, advocates for a just societ y, and calls forth and collaborates with women and men of goodwill in fulfillment of its mission.

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Board of Directors President Bruce O’Connell Vice President Nancy Wade, MD Treasurer Rebecca Christner Secretary Kelly Waechter Board Members Fran Dingeman Kristine Hatch Earline Johnson Trip Shannon Steven Stockdale Michael Toohey, Esq.

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Honorary

Committee

Honorary Chairs Brien & Cynthia Hollowood Honorary Committee Mrs. Rosemary H. Benton Diana M. Burke Ellen & Hal Card Catholic Charities, Diocese of Albany Rev. Thomas Chevalier Rebecca Christner & Carter White Linda Colonno Kathy DiSanto Fran Dingeman William J. Donovan Rick & Anita Dunn

Claudette M. Farchione Jim and Sally Higgins Bishop Howard J. Hubbard Kathleen James Earline & Matt Johnson Jane Morrissey John & Rosemary Munter Mike and Kate Naughton James & Anne Noonan Bruce & Madge O’Connell Delores & Frank Parillo Chrissy & Cliff Passen Kathleen Phelps David & Helen Porter Ann Seton Quinn David & Deborah Quinn Ron & Michele Riggi

Preview Reception Tom & Kristie Roohan Saratoga Springs City Center Dee Sarno Trip Shannon Bishop Edward Sharfenberger Sisters of St. Joseph Helen Snyder David & Christine Stack Lew & Pat Titterton Michael & Linda Toohey Joe and Lisa Torani Bob & Mary Vanderminden Kelly Mansfield Waechter Maree Fox

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A Special Thank You!

Our sincerest thanks to... Steve Sullivan and Yvonne Sinnamon and the entire staff of Olde Bryan Inn and Longfellows for their continuous generosity to our Preview Reception. We’d also like to bestow many thanks to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their support of the Festival of Trees event.

AJ Sign Co. Allegory Studios: Theresa Agresta and Julia Ingersoll Allerdice Party Rent-All, Inc. Chad Beatty and Saratoga Publishing Colleen Pierre and SaratogaMama Don Erlenbusch Fine Affairs Bill and Joanne Luciano Jeff Brisbin

Special Thanks

Joan and Chuck Lighthart Mark Baker and the Saratoga Springs City Center Staff Rick Bolton and Egan Mills Saratoga.com Tim Wechgelaer Tom Roohan and the Roohan Realty staff Tom and Margaret Fueston

2014

MEDIA S P O N S O RS:

2014 Festival of Trees

S e c t i o n i s brou g ht to you by:

P h o to s by: S cot t Berg ma n n

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Family Day Committee Co-Chairpersons Kate Deloria Jane Mehan Joanna Rockwood Breakfast with Santa Linda & Rick Holmes Kate Deloria Children’s Activities Donor’s D’Andrea’s Pizza Christmas Characters Fran Dingeman Madge O’Connell Cookie Decorating Joan Fitzhenry Cindy Manz

Decorations Colleen Guarino

Ornaments Joanne Luciano

Face Painting Torre Cottrell Diane McGarry Kylee Podesva Colleen Roohan

Santa Photos Anne Comstock Sylvia Rogers

Letters to Santa Kathleen Cosmus Maureen Lynch Manicures Noreen Jones Mary Bonner

Picture Frames Margaret Fueston Mary Angelini Tickets/Reservations Catholic Charities Office Staff Entertainment Music: Tim Wechgelaer

All Aboard!

The Circus is Returning to The Festival! We’re thrilled to welcome Don Erlenbusch back to the 2014 Festival of Trees! His miniature Circus, Carnival and Train were a huge hit last year with the young and the young-at-heart. The elaborate display includes over 400 pieces collected over 40 years, including colorful trains, circus wagons, people, animals, tents and carnival rides. Come operate the train yourself…you know you want to!

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Mary and Jack Hallquist with Santa

2014 Santas Stan Drosky Jack Minehan Tom Roohan Stephen Towne

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Family Day Committee Family Day Sponsor Elizabeth & Emily Whelan Holiday Shoppe Sponsor Roback, Kumlander and Pehl, CPAs and Luther Forest Wealth Advisors Realty USA Breakfast Sponsors Adirondack Women’s Bar Association Harry & Olga Holowach The Dennis Family Stewarts Shops “Sundaes with Santa”

Sponsors

& Donors

Cookie Decorating Airosmith Development, Margaret & Mark Cassier B & B Plumbing Decorations Fine Affairs: Gerri Ann Eddy & Michael Panza Entertainment Christmas Angel Face Painting Warren Anesthesiologist

Santa’s Workshop Sponsors Christmas Characters Network Saratoga, Fran Dingeman

Letters to Santa Anthony & Susan DePaula

Ornaments MTG Electric Violet’s of Saratoga Photos with Santa Madge & Bruce O’Connell Picture Frames Freeman & Shea Co. Inc. Plumbing Christmas Elf Santa’s Workshop Dr. James Byrne/ Dr. Brian Byrne Orthodontist Sharon Byrne Realty USA

Manicures Cantina Restaurant The Appraisal Company

Breakfast With Santa Donors Boston Market

Freight Systems

Residence Inn by Marriott

The Bread Basket

Log Jam Restaurant

Roma Importing Co.

Barbara Cassier

Hannaford Food & Drug Superstore

Carol & David Schweizer

Chianti’s II

Holiday Inn-Saratoga Springs

Stadium West

Comptons Restaurant

Jeff Many

Sysco Food Services

Country Corner Cafe

McDonald’s Restaurant Exit 15

The Brook Tavern

Courtyard Marriott

Mimi & Friends Hair Studio

The Hungry Spot

D’Andrea’s Pizza

Mexican Connection

The Merry Monk

Denny’s Restaurant

Post Time Deli

The Villa Family

Dunkin Donuts

Price Chopper Corporate Gift

Triangle Diner

Esperanto’s

Committee

Golden Corral

Putnam Market

Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Bagel

Marty Hellwig: Transborder Global

Realty USA

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2014 Preview Reception Donors & Volunteers BEVERAGES: Cascades Tissue Group – Waterford D’Andrea’s Liquor Store DeCrescente Distributing Inc. Eastside Fine Wine and Spirits Eddy’s Beverage Inc. (EBI) Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse Kane’s Fine Wine and Spirits Olde Saratoga Brewing Company Purdy’s Discount Wines & liquors Saratoga Eagle Sales & Service Saratoga Spring Water Company Saratoga Wine Exchange Simplee Wine & Spirits

VOLUNTEERS: Rick Bolton Carol Catone Kerry Conley Sharyn Dabiere Holly Dargush

Maureen Gemerek Mary Gilhooly Colleen Guarino Sandi Kirshe Kathy Klim Kate Naughton

Preview Reception Egan Mills Kristin Parrish Jamie Pietrosanto Kathy Phelps Jane Root Mary Towers

FLORISTS: Balet Flowers & Design Black Iris Briarwood The Country Florist Dehn’s Flowers Inc. Frank Gallo and Son Florist Jan’s Florist Petal Pusher Price Chopper Florist Shoppe – Wilton

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Corporate Sponsors

2014 Festival of Trees

Bunzyl USA Burns Management Adirondack Trust Company Altria (Philip Morris U.S.A.) Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Arizona Tea Bast Hatfield Campbell Commonwealth Brands, Inc. Crown Imports D. A. Collins: Pallette Stone Corporation, Kubrickly Construction DeCrescente Distributing Company Diageo Fortitech Inc. Freihofer / Bimbo Bakeries USA Frito-Lay, Inc. Grant Sales & Marketing

Corporate Sponsors

Great Lakes (Feenix Brokerage) Heineken USA Inc. Hostess Labatt (Genesse / North American Brewery) Leroy Holding Company Liggett Vector Brands Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. Maplehurst Maplewood Ice Co., Inc. Mike’s Hard Lemonade MLB Construction Service LLC Molson (Miller-Coors Brewing / Miller-Coors) Nestle Nestle Waters of North America / Poland Springs Northeast Retailer Brands

Old Neighborhood Foods / Demakes Enterprises Paul DeLima Pavillion Grand Hotel Pepsi-Cola of the Hudson Valley Pepsi-Cola Company Roohan Realty Ryder Transportation Services Saratoga Eagle Saratoga National Bank & Trust Co. SEFCU Simply Orange (Acosta) Stewart’s Shops UniFirst Corporation US Foods Utz Quality Foods, Inc. W.J. Morris Excavating, Inc. White Wave

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Rick and Linda Holms with Tom and Kristie Roohan

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Table Top Trees

2014 Table Top Trees

TREE NAME S: Sponsors D: Decorators

It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World S: James Doyle, Attorney D: Jenness Cunningham, Charleen Bivona

It’s Christmas S: Jack Byrne Ford D: Tom and Irene Burns

Whimsical Wonderland S: The Wesley Community D: The Wesley Community - Lorrie Shilling, Gianna Cross

A Classic Christmas S: Walter S. Borisenok Family Foundation D: Evelyn Bedard, Madeline Liefl

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Sponsors and Decorators Santa Paws

Knight in Shining Armor

S: Impressions of Saratoga D: Marianne Barker, Maddy Zanetti

S: The Card Family D: Notre Dame - Bishop Gibbons

O Holy Night

EMBRACE the season

S: Saratoga Smiles D: Team of Saratoga Smiles

S: EMBRACE THE RACE® D: EMBRACE THE RACE® ELVES

Winter Wonderland

Gifts of Nature

S: The Stiansen Family D: Marcela Tysoe, Victoria Dunfee, Kathy Dedrick, Judi Downey, Dekida Hamler

S: Dr. Marc Johnson, Smiles for Life Dental Care, P LLC D: Brookside Nursery

Countdown to Christmas

S: Brookfield Renewable Energy Group D: Megan Drosky, Diana Bradley

S: In Memory of Ed Valentine D: Terry McCue, Lucia & Marcus Valentine, Stephanie Valentine

Christmas on a Tree Farm S: Tom & Kathleen Cosmus D: NYS DEC/Saratoga Tree Nursery – Paula Phillips, Sylvia Porter, Susannah Hand, Vicki McCoy

A Sparkling Christmas

Festive Elegance!! S: Dr. Roland and Mary Phillips D: Nancy Salmon

Green and Gold and Things of Old S: Jim & Joanne Grande D: Girl Scout Troop 3309; Nadine Burke Leader, Cheryl Wise

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Pick up & Delivery Info: Purchasing:

Visitors wishing to purchase a display piece should lift the tag from the display and take the tag to the sales table.

Pick Up:

Pick up time for small trees, wreaths and centerpieces: 3:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7th. The Saratoga Festival of Trees cannot be responsible for displays not picked up on time.

Tree Delivery:

Large trees will be delivered free of charge within a 10-mile radius of Saratoga beginning Monday, December 8th. Please provide the sales table with the best time for delivery.

2014 Tree Judges Todd Garofano, President The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau Daniel Fortier, General Manager Embassy Suites of Saratoga Marcia White, President & CEO Saratoga Performing Arts Center

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Floor Trees

2014 Floor Trees

Sponsors and Decorators

TREE NAME

12 Days of Christmas

S: Sponsors D: Decorators

S: Dr. William & Robyn Byrt D: Beth Todd, Robyn Byrt, Lida Varone, Helen Riehle, Kathy Daly

“ADRIAN” Family Adirondack Tree S: Michael and Linda Toohey D: Mariann Gold, Carol Jo Dufort, Amy Galvin, Elizabeth Dufort, Julie Gold, Erin Dufort, Kristin Catrambone

RE2PECT

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose

Christmas at the Cabin

S: Crawford Door and Window Sales D: Tim Healy – The Posie Peddler

Countdown to Christmas S: Cudney’s Launderers & Dry Cleaners D: Cudney’s Launderers & Dry Cleaners – Joyce Ure, Heidi Krahling, Sandy Pellock, Stacey Lamodi

Shepherds Keeping Watch Over Their Flock at Night S: William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes D: Megan Haessig, James Wilding, Michele Brooksby, Sharon Maughan, Camille Mairs; and Relief Society Women from the Glenville Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Upcycle Christmas S: Roohan Realty D: Karan Hankinson, Darlene Chorman, Jason Thomas, Saranya Thomas, Eileen Kath

A Frozen Christmas S: NY Long Term Care Brokers, Ltd. D: Gregg Dodd, D.D.S. & Staff, Christin Boeckman, Bonnie Molitor

S: Home of the Good Shepherd D: Laura Poirer, Rebecca Detora, Lauren Jacobi S: Saratoga Hospital D: Floor D-1 Nurses – Saratoga Hospital: Kathy Crandall, Tamiko Abe, Sue Rutowski, Louise McAndrew, Cindy Pratt, Mary Mihalik, Linda Schmeelcke, Connie Spass, Trish Delong, Ruby Delsario, Adrianna Fraioli

Peppermint Twist S: Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau D: Claudette Farchione, Theresa Markowicz, Rachel Farchione, Elizabeth Carlisle

Victorian Angels S: Saratoga Casino & Raceway D: Pat Stickney, Carole Nielsen

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court McLaughlin #422 Tree S: Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court McLaughlin #422 D: Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court McLaughlin #422

It’s Christmas! To Saratoga We Go! S: Knights of Columbus D: Linda Crawford, Eileen Farley, Donna Bauer, Ashley Crawford

SEFCU Tree S: SEFCU D: SEFCU 26  |  Saratoga Christmas | 2014

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Saratoga Festival of Trees

2014 Raffle Donors

Raffle Donors

2014 Raffle Donors Hyde Collection Pirate’s Cove Golf Denise Larrabee Vicki Dodd Six Flags Great Escape Sally Higgins Homemade Theater Adirondack Museum Lake George Steamboat Co. Northshire Bookstore Saratoga Hilton The Fun Spot World Awareness Children’s Museum

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2014

Holiday Decor

Decor Donors

Almost One of a Kind Quilt Shop

Connie Kirkpatrick

Yolanda Paolicelli

St. Clements Roman Catholic Church

Noelle Kolakowski

Barbara Parrish

Christine Levy

Jocelyn Peters

Marilyn Little

Maria Peters

Cosette Lotz Diane Madrigal

Candyce Robenstein Alexandra Russell

John & Rose Manley

Diane Russell

Sally Manz

Sue Rutkowski

Rachel McDermott

Nancy Salmon

Diana Miller

Jackie Saxton

Milton Veterinary Hospital

Lisa Shaul

Stacia Montgomery

Nancy Strong

Ann Neville

Common Thread

Gayle Noel

Linda Varone

Mary Noel

Megan Vaughn

Sheila O’Connell

Gail Veitch

Marcia Okosky

Ralph Vincent

Heather O’Leary

Jane Wait

Nancy O’Leary

Johanna Wasalinko

Faith Palma

Shirley Waterfield

Church of St. Peter High School Youth Ministry Yaddo Garden Association MaryAnne Anderson Lisa Benton Ann Bowman Carol Bradley Ellen Brown Christina Burns Irene Burns Kaitlyn Cameron Florence Campion Elaine Caruso-Roberts Susan Christopher Catherine Clarke Kristen Corcoran Megan Drosky Sharon Drosky & Friends

Renee Fallon Mary Farrell Joanne Figliomeni Veronica Frazier Crafters Gallery Sandi Graham Mary’s Haven Kris Hatch B J Havens Anne Horwitz The Quilted Jardin Diana Jenner Dianne Johnstone Louise Jordan Stillwater Central School Key Club 28  |  Saratoga Christmas | 2014

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Bruce O’Connell:

Energy by Virtue By Julia Ingersoll, photos by MarkBolles.com

Energy:

E

The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.

Energy is what keeps us moving. It’s transferred from one object to another when a reaction takes place. It’s what keeps cars rolling, rivers flowing, and even works in a seemingly intangible way – from person to person. When one person expends energy through an act of kindness, another person finds hope, strength to move forward.

Born in Albany, New York, Bruce graduated from Bethlehem High School. He went on to Lafayette College in Pennsylvania to earn a teaching degree and landed in the Education Department back in Albany. Working in Albany in the mid 1970s, he and his wife, Madge, also served as house parents in a group home for at-risk youth in Lansingberg.

Meet Bruce O’Connell – an energy source. If you came across Bruce in passing, you might think, “He seems like a nice guy.” His positive attitude seems normal for a friendly person. But, once he walks away, a curious thing happens. You’re still smiling…and the smile lasts all day long.

“We oversaw seven young men who were there for petty crimes such as stealing food to feed their siblings. At the time, the court had the luxury of providing alternatives to immediate jail time. Madge and I were their opportunity to learn, and self-correct their actions,” said Bruce.

Bruce has the ability to fill an entire room with goodness. His gentle demeanor is only a guise for the reverberating energy he carries. But, where does it all come from? And why does he dedicate so much of this energy to the mission of Catholic Charities?

It was this first interaction with the people we too often refer to as “others” that instilled a passion for service in Bruce. When he looked at those boys, he saw the same beliefs, values, dreams and goals that he had. One crucial mistake was the only difference between them.

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Bruce said, “Only in hindsight did we realize how important this was for them. We received a call years later from one of the boys. He was now serving in the Navy, a place he never could have dreamed of if he hadn’t been given the chance to avoid jail.” By the 1980s, Bruce was working for the Rensselaer BOCES building professional development programs for teachers, before transitioning to the WashingtonSaratoga-Warren BOCES for the remainder of his career. After settling in the Glens Falls area, he met the agency director for Catholic Charities of Warren and Washington Counties and was asked to join the Board of Directors.

...The agency staff are good souls

“That was a big step. I was completely amazed at how many of my neighbors, the agency was helping,” said Bruce. “I’m still so inspired by the work they do. From counseling, youth mentoring, services for domestic violence victims and their children, a group home for adolescent boys, end of life care for terminally ill persons, nutrition outreach and education to case management and public outreach – the agency staff are good souls.” Sister Charla Commins, Executive Director of Catholic Charities in the tri-county region, speaks glowingly of Bruce’s long time dedication and commitment to the mission of the agency, “Bruce leads by example – giving generously of his time, talent and resources, always stepping up where needed. He walks the walk and does it humbly. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

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In his role as Board President, his support and professional expertise in the good times and the lean have been unwavering. I am proud to have him as a colleague and a friend.” “You know rose-colored glasses? Volunteering with Catholic Charities is the opposite…it’s the best filter I could have asked for. I’ve been gifted the perspective to balance what I’ve had, and what I don’t need,” said Bruce. “Seeing the impact the smallest act of kindness can have changes the way you walk about the world.”

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Bruce leads by example –giving generously of his time, talent and resources, always stepping up where needed.

Bruce is the current president of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. But, while he carries this title modestly (he’d much rather talk about how fantastic everyone else he works with is), the impact the agency has is extensive. The three counties reach from North Creek to Sacandaga, down through Cambridge to Saratoga, all the way to Burnt Hills and Clifton Park. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


“We’re talking about a vast population of people. In a perfect world, we’d have one person on every street corner watching and asking, ‘Do you need help?’” Bruce went on to explain that the more we learn about the available services, the better we’ll be at recognizing that person in the grocery line, the family at the bus stop. “These people don’t want handouts. They just know they need to survive. We need to tell them they aren’t alone,” said Bruce.

those boxes, running around with Santa, coming to every board meeting for the next year.” When you completely give yourself to service, a miraculous thing happens: you have the energy to do so much more. “And, while it’s easy to see where all of the time and money is going, you can’t underestimate how much fun it is! The Festival of Trees is a multi-day holiday party; you can’t not smile at that,” said Bruce.

“You see the Saratoga area is a tough nut to crack. In this beautiful community, there’s little shown for us to believe that there might be problems under the surface,” said Bruce. “The biggest lesson we can all learn is that the factors that separate ‘those folks’ from you or I are very few.” Despite the challenges that face every charity of service, the small rewards keep the energy moving. When you’ve helped one person pay his or her heating bill or pack their children’s lunch, you’ve changed a life. And, there lies the source of Bruce’s reverberating positivity – acts of kindness that give others strength. One of the biggest acts of kindness is the Saratoga Festival of Trees, the largest fundraiser for the local Catholic Charities branch. “If you asked me how I feel after unloading 200 trees, wreaths and centerpieces, I’d probably only have the breath left to say one word – tired! But, to tell you a secret, that’s a half-truth. In reality, this is a completely rejuvenating experience. The joy it brings to all of our hearts, our minds, our souls…it’s the source of hope that keeps us old folks moving

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Festival Volunteers

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2014

Vince Arpey

Sally Duval

Judy Banks

Eileen Farley

Gail Barclay

Mary Farrell

Donna Bates

Joan Ferris

Teena Behr

Joanne Figliomeni

Carol Bradley

Denny Finnegan

Carol Boltzer

Judy Fitzpatrick

Eleanor Boyle

Carol Frail

Lanyel Brandon

Veronica Frazier

Don Brooks

Molly Gagne

Barbara Britton

Raoul Gagne

Ellen Brown

Jill Gainor

Mary Buhr

Regina Gapczynski

Darlene Burke

Jim Gapczynski

Kaitlyn Cameron

Martha Garczynski

Joan Carola

Kelly Garvey

Barbara Carovano

Maureen Gemerek

Carol Catone

MaryAnne Gibbs

Marilynn Civic

Mary Gilhooly

Becky Christner

Ellen Gorman

Kerry Conley

Pat Gould

Ann Cooley

Jing Guo

Jane Costello

Susan Hansen

Barbara Crandall

Dorothy Harren

Linda Crawford

Steve Harren

Sharyn Dabiere

Katie Hart

Holly Dargush

Bridgette Hartman

Kathy DeVivo

Judy Hefter

Cathy DiPaolo

Emily Hilko

Kathy DiSanto

Bernice Hollowood

Betty Donnelly

Lauren Holmes

Judy Dooley

Linda Hoyt

Carissa Dopman

Maureen Humiston

Pat Dorsey

Patricia Iacobelli

Jean Dugan

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Festival of Trees Volunteers

Festival Volunteers

Matt Johnson

Grace Perilli

Barbara Sutterland

Ellen Fontaine Kennedy

Lisa Perilli

Kathy Sweet

Sandi Kirshe

Robert Perilli

Ruth Talmon

Kathy Klim

Kathy Phelps

Tom Tanner

Sue Las

Cindy Phillips

Mary Rose Thompson

Carol Leone

Jamie Pietrosanto

Laurin Thoud

Jenna Libecca

Nancy Pompa

Jo Ann Todd

Marion Luce

Betsy Porter

Carol Tomlinson

Sharon MacDougal

Tom Porter

Mary Towers

Trisha McDonald

Meagan Potter

Sue Trentecoste

George Madarasz

Mary Precheur

Linda VanAlstyne

Lyn Madden

Pat Reed

Kate Van Buren

Linda Maitlin

Pat Reo

Casey Vaughn

Quinby Mahoney

Amy Ritchik

Francine Vero

Joyce M. Sustar-Martucci

Barbara Rivenburg

Rose Verro

Mary Mathers

Christopher Robenstein

Ralph Vincent

Cebe McConkey

Richard Robenstein II

Ginny Vogel

Marion Minehan

Richard E. Robenstein

Anne Wagner

Amanda Montello

Elaine Caruso-Roberts

Jane Wait

Patrick Moran

Jane Root

Linda Watters

Jane Morrissey

Sue Rutkowski

Susan Wennrich

Judy Mullen

Paul Schumacher

Jeanne Whitney

Elaine Murphy

Corinne Scirocco

Carter White

Carm Moffett

Jo-Ann Simone

Nancy Wilder

Guy Moffett

Cameron Simons

Katherin Winderlin

Kate Naughton

Kim Spano

Patrick Winderlin

Jim Noonan

Karen Stethar

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Shining Stars

2014 Shining Stars Atop The Trees

SHINING STAR

IN MEMORIUM

GOLD SPONSOR Mr. & Mrs. William Armstrong........................................................................................................ Angelina & John Barella, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. William Armstrong ................................................................................................................Ann & Arthur Armstrong The Clements Firm Sharon & Stan Drosky Robert & Mary Dudley................................................................................................................................................Kate Dudley-Perry Tom & Eva Francomano............................................................................................................................Our Parents and Children George G. Madarasz............................................................................................................................Jacqueline Guinan Madarasz Anthony & Margaret Mangano The Mansfield and Waechter Families �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Judith Griffin Mansfield Lucille A. and David Mastrianni, MD Yolanda Paolicelli Patricia & Ned Reo �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Our Deceased Loved Ones Saratoga Hair Transplant Center John & Anne Wagner SILVER SPONSOR Jerome R. Callaghan Hugh & Mary Ann Foley Keith Ferrara Homestead Animal Hospital ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Joyce Nelson M. Ann & John Krasnicki ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Mary Prattico Munter Enterprises INC. Bill & Marilyn Schweiker Rick & Becky Stauffer ............................................................................................................................................... Mary O’Neill Schab Charles & Edith Ward ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������James Conroy Candyce Robenstein............................................................................................................................Silas, Shirley, and Jack Haley Candyce Robenstein

Richard, Maguerite, Rita,

and Randy Robenstien

BRONZE SPONSOR Jane Costello....................................................................................................................................................Mark & Maureen Costello Phyllis & Allan Crocker ..............................................................................................................................Marra & Crocker Families

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Everyone is invited to join the fun with caroling and Victorian costumes and enjoy an old fashioned “Christmas as it used to be” street party and celebration of the holiday season.

28th Annual

Victorian Streetwalk Photos by Deborah Neary

Saratoga’s Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Thursday, December 4th at 6:00 pm

Caroling by the Girl Scouts around the tree will start at 5:45, then at 6:00, the Honorable Mayor Joanne Yepsen lights the trees and we countdown for the arrival of…

Santa and Mrs. Claus!

They will be arriving with many elves and even Rumple Dumple to the beautiful, hand-made and detailed Santa Cottage that is set up in front of Putnam Market & Putnam Wine, just across from Caroline Street… to usher in the holiday season! While waiting to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus… enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies, donated by the Hungry Spot, Putnam Market and Gaffney’s. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there till 10 pm to give everybody time to stop by and visit! Special Victorian Streetwalk postal cancellations are available at the Broadway Post Office from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the special Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them. 38  |  Saratoga Christmas | 2014

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over 40 sites of free entertainment See pages 39-44 for the full schedule.

Getting There / Parking: Broadway will close once again from 5:00 to 10:00 from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection for the festivities. CDTA, a festival Gold Sponsor, is running FREE shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Avenue on Saratoga Springs’ west side. You can also get the shuttle at the Silver Sponsor, NYRA Oklahoma track (just off Exit 14 of I-87) and the Weible Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs. The shuttles run from 4:30 to 10:30 .

Most businesses will be open until 10 p.m.

and will hold open houses and serve delicious, free refreshments to their guests, friends and customers.

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Entertainment Schedule All performers & times are subject to change. Broadway is closed from 5PM to 10 PM

1. Olde Bryan Inn (123 Maple Ave.) 6:30-8:30 Gary Blodgett 2. City Center (522 B’way) 6:00-9 Saratoga Abundant Life Church (2 sets, weather permitting) 6-10 Catholic Charities Festival of Trees 6-10 Gingerbread House Display 3. Temple Sinai (509 B’way) 6-9 PM Gift Shop open inside, free cider. 4. Collamer Parking Lot (494 B’way) 6-10 EOC Food Drive 5. Saratoga Arms (497 Broadway) 6-10 Ice Sculptures 6.Mountainman Saratoga Outfitters (490 Broadway) 6-10 Cotton Candy (outside) 7. Encounter 6:30-8:30 Saratoga City Ballet dancers in the window 8. City Hall Steps (474 B’way) 6:30 Christian Brothers Academy Marching Band starts, then moves south on Broadway 7-9 Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Singing & Hot Chocolate 9. The Parting Glass 7-9 The Irish Celtic Sessions 10. Post Office (475 B’way) 5-9 Special Postal Cancellations 10. Post Office (con’t) 5-9 Adirondack Mountain Club 6:30-9:30 The Whippersnappers 11. Adirondack Trust Co. (473 B’way) Inside: 6-7 Skidmore Dynamics 7-7:40 Racing City Chorus 8-8:40 Racing City Chorus 9-9:40 Racing City Chorus 40  |  Saratoga Christmas | 2014

Adirondack Trust (con’t) Outside: 7:00 Schwa Cappella Singers 7:35 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Select High School Choir 8:15 The Skidmore Treblemakers 8:40-9:05 The Sonneteers 12. Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga (472 B’way) 6:30-8:30 Betsy & the ByeGons 13. G. Willikers (461 B’way) 6:30-8:30 Mr. & Mrs. Bill 6:00-9:00 PJ Duell Face Painting 14. Celtic Treasures (456 B’way) 6:30-9:30 The Earl’s Chair Irish Music Group 15. Saratoga Springs Public Library (49 Henry Street) 6-9 Gingerbread House Display 16. Saratoga Marketplace (454 B’way) 6:00-6:25 Spa Christian School 5th Grade Chorus 6:30-6:55 Drastic Measures 7-8 Capitaland Chorus 8:05-8:30 Sonneteers 17 Soave Faire (449 B’way) 7-7:30 Bandersnatchers 7:50-8:15 Bandersnatchers 8:15-9 Norma Colasessano, Accordion 9:00 Sax-O-Claus 18. Putnam Market (435 B’way, Outside:) 5:45-10:00 CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY! (Outside Putnam Market) 5:45-6:00 Caroling by the Girl Scouts, Mayor Joanne Yepsen lights the trees at 6:00, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive with all the elves, free hot chocolate and cookies. Children can visit Santa throughout the evening until 10:00 p.m. Brought to you by the Downtown Business Association, sponsored by Saratoga Today. Cookies & Hot chocolate donated by Hungry Spot, Putnam Market and Gaffney’s. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


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19. Crafters Gallery (427 B’way) 6-10 Pigster H. Wigglesworth 6-10 Live Reindeer 20. Upper Caroline Street 6:15-7 Norma Colasessano, Accordion 21. Gaffney’s (16 Caroline St) 8-12 Marcus Ruggerio 22. Lifestyles (436 B’way) 7-7:45 & 9 John & Orion Kribs, Doug Moody 23. THE WASHINGTON BUILDING Northshire Bookstore (424 B’way, Washington Bldg) 7-9 Bill Flanagan, Hammered Dulcimer 7-8 Book signing with 10 children’s book illustrators. 24. In the street outside Washington Bldg (420-422 B’way) 6:15 Flying Fingers 7-10 Saratoga United Methodist Church 7-7:25 Skidmore Treblemakers 25. Saratoga Salsa & Spice (398 B’way) 6:15-8:15 Michelle Lewis 26. Circus Café (392 B’way) 7-10 Tim Wechgelaer, Victorian Fiddle 27. Fingerpaint (395 B’way) Outside: Dan Terelmes, Magician 28. Impressions (368 B’way) 6-9 Victorian Photo Booth (Outside) 7:00-7:20, 7:40-8 Skidmore Accents 29. Top of Phila Street 8-8:45 John & Orion Kribs, Doug Moody 30. Ben & Jerry’s (Corner Putnam & Phila) 7-9 Dan Garcia & Katie Dwyer 31. Candy Company (5 Washington St.) 6-10 Old Fashioned Hot Roasted Chestnuts

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32. Universal Preservation Hall (25 Washington St.) 7:30 & 8:15 Nacre Dance, Co. and Octavo Singers combine talent in a unique performance. Nacre will also perform modern dance classics from “Christmas Ortario” and Beth Fecteau’s “Waltz of the Flowers” and “Snow” from Nutcracker. 33. Alex and Ani (327 B’way) 6-10 Hot chocolate and sweet treats. Free gift with purchase, ask store for details. 34. Eddie Bauer/Symmetry Gallery (outside) (340 B’way) 7-9 Pokingbrook Morris Dancers 35. Saratoga Arts Center (320 B’way) 6-10 Annual Members’ Show Art Exhibit 6-10 Gingerbread House Display 7-9 Ed Stander, glass player 36. Visitor Center (Congress & B’way) 6-9 Northland Newfoundland Club (Live dogs) 6-10 Gingerbread House Display 7-9 Sonny & Perley Duo 37. NBT Bank (295 B’way) 7:30-8:30 Choir of St. Peter 38. Complexions Spa (268 B’way, next to Congress Park) Open House, register to win free massage, enjoy free face painting, paraffin treatments, chair massages, special gifts and more! 39. In front of Spa Central Catholic School 6-8 Live Nativity Scene 40. Strolling on Broadway: • Candy Co. Toy Soldier • Colleen Mahar, Victorian Stilt Walking Juggler • Christian Brothers Academy Military Marching Band DON’T FORGET! The Preservation Foundation Candlelight House Tour Friday, December 12, 2014! Call 587-5030 for information. saratogapreservation.org. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


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The Victorian Streetwalk is the Downtown Business Association’s way of saying

“thank you”

to all their customers for supporting our beautiful downtown throughout the year

Generous support

for the Victorian Streetwalk was received from the following sponsors: Our Gold Sponsors: Nemer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District Gold Media Sponsor: Saratoga TODAY Our Gold Transportation Sponsor: CDTA Silver Sponsors: The Ayco Co., L.P.; Cudney’s Cleaners; D.A. Collins; Donnelly Construction; W.J. Morris Excavating; New York Racing Association, Price Chopper and Saratoga Hospital

The Tree Lighting is sponsored by Saratoga TODAY

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Santa Shops

Downtown! Photos by Elizabeth Macy

Our Publisher Chad Beatty, spotted Santa shopping Downtown Saratoga and we just had to tag along!

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Impressions has the perfect ornament for everyone on my list!

Mrs. Claus was right... Alex & Ani is a f un place to shop!

“Santa Cristina” What a nice name! Leave it to Purdy’s... They have EVERY T HING! saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

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How sweet... I know the perfect little girl for this dress from Miss Scarlet’s.

Such decisionsso glad Saratoga Olive Oil lets us sample first!

The Savory Pantry has the right ideaI can shop and snack!

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HO! HO! HO! I heard there was a painting of me at Craf ters Gallery!

Wow, these Frye Boots at Violets are just as nice as mine!

Mrs. Claus LOVES Lifestyles...I’ll take both of these!

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The Pink Paddock had the perfect shopping toteI’ll take both!

This Ruffwear insulated jacket from Dawgdom is perfect for our cold winters!

Mrs Claus will LOVE this outfit from Spoken! ...and the vest is machine washable good for our busy lifestyle!

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shhhhh!... What started out as a stop for a wash & trim at Complexions Spa, quickly turned into nap time!

Everybody loves Santa!

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WOW- G. Williker’s makes me feel like i’m back at the workshop!

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WhewWhat a long day!

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Frosty The Snowman Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose. And two eyes made out of coal. Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say, He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day.

Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow. Down to the village, With a broomstick in his hand, running here and there all around the square saying, catch me if you can.

There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, for when they placed it on his head He began to dance around. O, Frosty the snowman Was alive as he could be, And the children say he could laugh and play just the same as you and me. Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go.

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J I N GL E BEL L S

Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

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A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot We got into a drifted bank And then we got upset Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

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Here Comes Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Pullin’ on the reins. Bells are ringin’, children singin’, All is merry and bright. So hang your stockings and say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight! Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, He’s got a bag that’s filled with toys For boys and girls again. Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, Oh what a beautiful sight, So jump in bed, and cover your head, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

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O Come All Ye Faithful O Come All Ye Faithful Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. O Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word. Give to our Father glory in the Highest;

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen., But do you recall? The most famous reindeer of all?

Then how the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, You’ll go down in history!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose, And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names; They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

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Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree Of all the trees, most lovely Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree Of all the trees, most lovely Each year you bring to me delight Gleaming in The Christmas light Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree Of all the trees, most lovely

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging Each year you bring to me delight Gleaming in The Christmas Light Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree Of all the trees, most lovely

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging Your boughs are green in summer’s glow And do not fade in winter’s snow

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Up On The Rooftop Up on the housetop, reindeer pause Out jumps good ol’ Santa Claus Down through the chimney with lots of toys All for the little ones, Christmas joys Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

Next comes the stocking of little Will Oh, just see what a glorious fill Here is a hammer and lots of tacks Also a ball and a whip that cracks Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

First comes the stocking of little Nell Oh, dear Santa, fill it well Give her a dolly that laughs and cries One that will open and shut her eyes Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good tidings we bring to you and your kin; Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year. Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer We won’t go until we get some; We won’t go until we get some; We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why

He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake!

Santa Claus is coming to town He’s making a list And checking it twice; Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice

O! You better watch out! You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town He sees you when you’re sleeping

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