The weather was cool, but not chilly Monday night at the Big White Cross at the intersection of Van Nest Avenue and Unionport Road. The Van Nest Community Alliance had cookies and hot chocolate for the parents and children as they gathered to see the traditional lighting of the Van Nest Christmas Tree and Nativity scene,
As they waited for the lighting, Christmas songs were sung. The tree and Nativity Scene then were lit, and the only thing left was for Santa Claus to come to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and empty his sack of toys to the children on hand.
Father Robert Badillo of Saint Dominick's Parish welcomes everyone, and says a few words about the Christmas Holiday.
The Christmas tree and Nativity Scene was lit, then it was time for a group photo, and to wait for Santa.
Santa was spotted around the corner where he parked his reindeer, and had his bag of toys over his shoulder.