Since December made it’s appearance, the Stephenville Lions have been busy sharing and spreading Christmas Cheer with miles of smiles behind us!
December 3rd, with our giant, friendly snowman proudly wearing his yellow Lions vest, the Stephenville Lions Club joined dozens others as we slowly made our way through town during the Kinsmen Christmas Parade of Lights! The streets were lined with thousands of observers, young and old, braving the cold to witness the wondrous sight of over 50 floats decked out in beautiful bright colors, and of course, hoping to catch a glimpse of the star of the show-Santa Claus! Goodie bags were offered to children, while mom and dad received a little reminder of the Stephenville Lions Club as well. Next time they reach for a pen, they’ll be reminded the Stephenville Lions Club is there for them.
Now, you know how the Lions like to keep busy, well, with the parade over, it was time to prepare for the next event-no time to dawdle, we had 44 children and their caregivers coming the next day for our Community Children’s Christmas Party!
With gifts bought and wrapped, cookies baked and iced, games thought and prepared for, we were ready! And oh what a day! There were so many giggles and smiles, your face hurt by day’s end!
Nothing starts a great winter party like a snowball fight! Of course, it’s always better when it’s a friendly game
against your mom and dad! Our indoor snowball fight was such a hit, this may have to be a regular event. With bellies filled with pizza and cookies, games played and won, it was time for a sing-along…as everyone sang with all their heart about Jingle Bells and sleigh rides, there were jingle bells heard in the room as Santa Claus himself made an appearance.
As the saying goes whether your a kid of two or 102, we all love receiving a little something from someone who thought about us. But, Christmas is also about giving. And there brings no greater joy to someone’s life, especially a Lion, than giving. With 20 handpicked fun toys, Lions Betty-Lou and Corinne, with help from Lion Dave Rex delivered gifts of joy to the Salvation Army Angel Tree for young children who are less fortunate.
December 13th, we held our monthly dinner meeting, but this is one we all enjoy..NO BUSINESS…Just FUN! Thank you to Marion Rotchford and her staff for our delicious turkey dinner and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Tail Twister, Lion Larry entertained us as he magically prepared Santa and his reindeer for their busy night.
No matter your age, we all, if we are being honest, want to sit on Santa’s lap and whisper what we want for Christmas, some of our members did just that. For some it was believed that the Nice and Naughty list must have been mixed up, because for some who received a gift, its questionable where they fell…Santa sure is a forgiving guy! LOL!
Now what’s a party without music and a few steps on the dance floor. Lloyd Swyers livened the place up with Jingle Bell Rock and other oldies. A few jigs were danced and many a two-step taken! It was a great night to be with friends and enjoy each other’s company.
Every year, the Stephenville Lions Club enjoys sharing a little company with those who are not fortunate enough to spend Christmas in their own home due to their stay in the hospital, or the seniors homes. This year was no different. With Santa Claus leading the way jingling his bells, Lions Les and Ronnie, along with Sid White accompanied him with accordion and guitar. Parading through the hallways, Lions sang old fashioned and loved Christmas songs to spread a little Christmas love.
Of course, while we like to think it was our singing and our faces that made the patients smile, if we were to be honest, we know it was the guy in the red suit that did it! Bearing fruit baskets for each, a hug and kind word Lions
and Santa together encouraged many a smile. And while it was an emotional day for many of us, we know that it was all worthwhile as many recognized and welcomed with open arms our little bit of Christmas Cheer!
Now with only a few sleeps left, it is time for us Lions to slow down and enjoy our time with family. We hope you have a very enjoyable holiday season and take time to spread and enjoy some holiday cheer!
To see what we mean by miles of smiles check out our Photo Gallery.