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Snack With Santa is an event founded by longtime Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ann Dybala near 40 years ago. It offers a bit of Christmas cheer for children and underscores the local business community’s commitment to the neighborhood. --File photo

Snack With Santa is an event founded by longtime Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ann Dybala near 40 years ago. It offers a bit of Christmas cheer for children and underscores the local business community’s commitment to the neighborhood. --File photo

Holiday warmth is straight ahead

By Joan Hadac

Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge

(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, my favorite holiday of the year. I look forward to it because it’s all about family, whether it’s family of blood or heart or both. People actually slow down and catch up with each other. It’s not about presents and who bought what. It’s about each other.

The food is usually pretty spectacular, too. I think the term food coma came around because of Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope your Thanksgiving is all you want and need it to be. Those first responders on the job and those on the front lines at work, thank you. You will be missed by family and friends.

Mark your December calendar

The Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce is inviting you to get into the Christmas spirit with the return of one event and the premier of a new event. Both events will be held on the same day: Saturday, Dec. 11.

  • First is the return of Snack with Santa. This holiday tradition, one which many families and children look forward to, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mayfield Banquets, 6072 S. Archer.

It will be held inside, but will look a little different. Everyone is required to wear masks, and sitting and standing around will not be allowed. Everyone is being asked to maintain distance from each other, as the line moves through the Mayfield.

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Snack With Santa is an event founded by longtime Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ann Dybala near 40 years ago. It offers a bit of Christmas cheer for children and underscores the local business community’s commitment to the neighborhood. –File photo

The GRCC will not be able to offer their regular program of a puppet show and snacks to eat at the Mayfield. Santa and Mrs. Claus will still pose for pictures with families and children and give out a free gift. Snacks “to go” will be handed out.

Tickets are required for the event. For tickets and more information, call (773) 767-0014, visit any GRCC member business, visit the chamber’s Facebook page or their website, garfieldridgecc.com.

  • The second event is brand new and sounds interesting to me. It is the Archer Avenue Cookie Walk, set for 4 to 7 p.m. between Nashville and New England.

The chamber is selling 100 cookie tins at $20 a piece beforehand. On the day of the event, those with cookie tins will visit participating chamber businesses to receive their cookies.

I love the idea of Christmas cookies. I love eating them, too. This is a great opportunity to get out of the house, get with family and friends and visit local businesses. I’m hoping there will be some impromptu caroling, as well.

Tickets are required. For tickets and more information, call the number above, or visit the chamber’s Facebook page or website.

  • The next day, Sunday, Dec. 12, St. Faustina Parish, 5252 St. Austin, will host its first ever Las Mañanitas to Our Lady of Guadalupe. You are welcome to join in his longtime Hispanic Catholic tradition, remembering Our Lady of Guadalupe’s apparitions to St. Juan Diego where everyone serenades the Lady.

Mañanitas songs to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Spanish, English and Polish will be sung from 5 to 5:45 a.m. followed by a trilingual Mass from 5:45 to 6:30 a.m.

Immediately afterwards, hot chocolate and pastries will be served in St. John Paul II Hall in the parish center.

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Tamales will be available in St. John Paul II Hall after all the masses on Dec. 12 Tamales will be sold for $10 for a half-dozen (six). Pork meat with red sauce, chicken with green sauce and cheese with pepper tamales are being offered. Ordering in advance is recommended. To pre-order, call Lupe or Emilia at the parish office from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at (773) 767-2411.

You can also help support the parish by purchasing blessed Holy water from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica Shrine in Mexico City for $3 each or by purchasing raffle tickets for $2 each or three tickets for $5. There will be three top prizes awarded to the first, second and third place winners.

Thanks to Lupe Toledo for sending me the information about this first-ever event at the parish.

  • If you need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, you are invited to join the St. Jane Ladies Guild of St. Faustina Parish for a night of bunco at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the parish center, 5201 S. McVicker.

The cost to play is $10 and cash prizes will be awarded based on the number of players. Split-the-pot will also be featured.

Soft drinks, water and pre-packaged snacks will be available and BYOB is allowed. Masks are required. For more information, call Andi at (773) 610-5686.

Thank you, Andi, for sending me this news.

  • Of course, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the community’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Wentworth Park, 57th and Narragansett. As many as a thousand people are expected to attend. Bring the kids, bring the grandkids. Next week, I’ll offer plenty more details on what to expect at this wonderful event.

Our neighborhoods are coming alive this holiday season, and I hope you are able to participate in at least one event. It’s a great way to meet new people or visit with neighbors. Take time for yourself and don’t stress too much over holiday preparations.

Take care and I’ll talk with you next week.

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