Boonsboro American Legion Auxiliary hosts Christmas party

In addition to getting a photo with Santa, children had refreshments and each received a present

December 02, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Madison Doyle samples a pair of chocolate chip cookies Sunday with her grandmother Sherry Doyle at the annual Christmas party hosted by the Boonsboro American Legion Auxiliary.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Every time Jocelyn Doyle tried to put her toddler daughter, Jillian, onto Santa’s lap, Jillian’s Santa warning signal went off with crying and tears.

“Well, we try to get her to like Santa, but you know how kids are. They just, they think he’s so scary,” said Doyle, of Boonsboro.

Doyle said she showed Jillian, almost 2, the picture of her with Santa after Jillian opened her present in hopes Jillian will think of him in a more positive way.

Getting their picture taken with Santa was one of the gifts Sunday at the annual Christmas party the Boonsboro American Legion Auxiliary hosted for approximately 70 community children, said Cindy Smith, auxiliary president.

Moments earlier Megan Long, 20, of Boonsboro, placed her boyfriend’s niece, Alivia Merrbaugh, 10 months, in Santa’s lap.

While other adults tried to get Alivia’s attention so she would look at the camera for a photo, Alivia kept craning her neck up to check out the white-bearded man.


Alivia seemed curious while Jillian showed no doubt about her feelings, for now.

In addition to getting a photo with Santa, children had refreshments and each received a present. They also were entertained by magician Michael T, whose act included making things appear and disappear.

J.R. Smith, of Maugansville, said his stepdaughter, Serenity Sprankle, 6, was afraid of Santa last year. This year, Serenity sat on Santa’s lap and handed him a letter, which Santa passed along to Mrs. Claus. She slipped the letter into one of her pockets.

Smith said he had a talk earlier with Serenity, explaining there was no need to be afraid of Santa.

Serenity was very clear about what she wants for Christmas and what she doesn’t want.

“No Furbies,” she said.

Her grandmother has two, and she finds them creepy.

“I want a Barbie house, a Barbie camper, Junie B. Jones books and (Nintendo) DS games,” Serenity said.

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