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Monday, December 10, 2012 11:53 AM

The Christmas season is filled with traditions.  The Christmas Tree Festival of the Delphos Canal Commission Museum has become a Delphos tradition and keeps growing year after year. This year the museum boasts of over 100 trees on the three floors of the newly enlarged museum. Hours for this 14th annual event are 6-8 p.m. Fridays and from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 23rd.  This gala is absolutely awesome and beautiful. You might like to visit the Postal Museum which is just a little walk down Main Street.

The Christmas Bazaar and Dinner at the Trinity Methodist Church has been another tradition in town. The food is delicious and so are the crafts and all the homemade goodies in the General Store.

Hometown Christmas on Friday night in Delphos has become another tradition: along with the corn bread and bean soup supper, Santa Claus arrives in the parade and horse-drawn buggy rides are available for all to enjoy.

At one time, just a few years back, many Delphos residents lined the streets in front of their homes with luminaries on Christmas Eve. It has slowly waned, maybe because most of those people, including me, have grown a bit older, making it harder to light all those candles. Maybe it’s because I don’t drive around town enough on Christmas Eve to see those that are still out. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if some of the “young” people could find time to light the candles again. It was a beautiful sight.

The visit of St. Nick on Dec. 6 is another tradition that is part of the lives of many people in Delphos, especially those who have German or Dutch Ancestry. Some children hang up their stockings, while others put a dish on the table on the evening of Dec. 5, in anticipation of St. Nick dropping by to fill the dish with candy and oranges. St. Nick still comes to my house and fills my dish with goodies.

Vetter’s Builders Supply started a tradition of sponsoring Santa Claus visits in Fort Jennings more than 50 years ago. For many years, it was held at the Memorial Hall.  This year, Santa Claus returned to the newly restored Memorial Hall on Nov. 24. He arrived on the fire truck at 10 a.m.  More than 120 children came to talk to Santa, give him their list and go away with a bag of candy. This year the children could also visit the “talking tree.”


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