Santa comes early

By Carolyn Zachary | Dec 01, 2019
Photo by: Carolyn Zachary Harper Williamson, 3, of Vassalboro meticulously applies vanilla frosting to the roof of her graham cracker cottage Dec. 1. She came to the Varney Christmas event with her grammie, Krys Fadden, of Monroe.

Brooks — One of the county's first Santa sightings occurred Sunday in Brooks, where children gathered to make graham cracker cottages and tell the Jolly Old Elf what they want for Christmas.

The Varney Community Building was decorated for the season, and children, parents, grandparents and friends enjoyed refreshments as kids of all ages put together little houses and decorated them with frosting, candies, cookies and assorted other sweets.

Santa Claus made the rounds, discussing their creations, then sat by a Christmas tree with children, one at a time, to discuss their Christmas wishes. "Am I on your list?" was a popular conversation starter, while one 7-year-old asked, somewhat apologetically, "Um, Santa, are you real?"

Barkell Richardson, 5, of Brooks, confesses to Santa that he "kinda ate some of my frosting" during the craft portion of the Christmas party at the Varney Community Building Dec. 1. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Morgan Pattinson, 15, of Morrill, displays her creation, one of the more elaborate cottages at the Varney Christmas party Dec. 1. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Cameron Emmett, 7, of Belfast, chats up Santa after determining that yes, he is "real," during the Christmas party Dec. 1 at the Varney Building in Brooks. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
As Santa looks on, Brielle Geary, 5, of Belfast, works on her cookie cottage Dec. 1 at the Varney Building in Brooks. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Santa Claus visits with guests and inspects their cookie creations at the Varney Community Building in Brooks Dec. 1. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Harper Williamson, 3, demonstrates her artist's touch Dec. 1 at the Varney Christmas party. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
(Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
(Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
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