The Show Must Go On
Dec. 7, 2018 – With impending bad weather in the forecast, the City of Lucas opted to rally around Santa’s wish that the show must go on and instead of cancelling their annual Country Christmas event, they created Santa’s Workshop. Families arrived splashing through a rain soaked parking lot that glistened with reflections of Christmas lights which decorated the City Hall and the Christmas tree.
Once inside, City Manager Joni Clarke along with City of Lucas staff members and council members, greeted guests like family. Clarke said, “This event is really about community. I love this event, its old fashioned and not commercial.”
Families from the community and families of City of Lucas staff members visited with Santa, Twinkles the Elf and the Grinch. They also snacked on holiday treats.
The Grinch, unable to speak but able to play a succinct game of charades, explained why he was in Lucas. He pantomimed that he loves the people of Lucas and his heart is overflowing. He showed that last year he had a change of heart and realized taking children’s presents made the children cry and it broke his heart, so this year he has changed his ways and has chosen love, not hate.
Twinkles the Elf reports that he has worked for Santa for two years. Before becoming an elf, he was a fireman, thus he is very comfortable with being on roofs if this job so requires. He said, “This is the best job I’ve ever had. I have such a jolly boss and that makes my job great.”
Santa had a very short list as to what will put children on the naughty or nice list, “Good grades will get them on the good list. Bad grades, not listening to mommy and trying to stay up Christmas Eve to see me will get them on the naughty list.” He said the most requested item on children’s wish list this year is the Nintendo ™ Switch. He said his favorite treats provided by children on Christmas Eve are candy canes; he also likes cookies and milk.
Representing the big heartedness of the City of Lucas, the hallways and offices of Lucas City Hall were lined with gifts donated to Allen Community Outreach, Family Promise of Collin County, Toys for Tots, Loving Care Homes and Agape Care Homes.