December 9, 2019

Santa’s Village

In Cedarfield tradition, the Pastoral Care Team created this compilation of holiday memoirs by team members and residents. We will share one a day through the holidays. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Georgia Brown, Team Member

There is a saying in Texas that if you are not born in Texas, you got thereas soon as you could. So it made sense when our first child, a daughter,was born that we move from Massachusetts to Richardson, Texas. She“got there as soon as she could!” My husband’s parents lived in Richardson, andit seemed like a good place to be. Only two years later our son was born while wewere still in Richardson — everyone says he was the smart one in the family becausehe was BORN in Texas.In 1989, the citizens, merchants, and civic organizations of Richardson starteda new tradition. They created a tiny town of 16 colorful holiday dwellings on thenorth side of City Hall and called it “Santa’s Village.” It quickly became a Christmasgathering spot for the community with each colorful building offering childrena fun activity, snacks, entertainment and even a visit with Santa Claus. Evennow, the tradition of Santa’s Village continues with people from all over Richardsonvolunteering to staff the village and keep it a free activity for families.Multiple generations have made Santa’s Village part of their Christmas experience.We went every Christmas. It was a great spot to see friends and catch up onhometown happenings. Our children were fascinated by all the sites of Santa’s Village—a place of wonder and delight. One Christmas evening while we were there,our little boy made a felt craft – a Rudolph with a candy cane. It was such a simplething, but I’ve held on to it all these years. And each year at Christmas I take itout, slide a new candy cane into the slot and put it out to enjoy.Over the years he made other wonderful treasures out of felt and paper, andI’ve kept as many as I could to display and enjoy at Christmas time. This year heand his wife are expecting their first child — a boy. As we anticipate this little boy’sarrival, I find that so many memories of my sweet boy from years ago are beingrekindled. I pray that their son will be as joy-filled as our little boy was, and thathe will bring them happiness for years to come — maybe even a craft or two.

“Love Christmas, not just because of the presentsbut because of all the decorations and lights and thewarmth of the season.”–Ashley Tisdale