STANHOPE BOROUGH, NJ --- Members of the Stanhope Recreation Committee met together on December 2 to celebrate their “Pictures with Santa and Frosty.”
The borough hall, which is currently in the process of being renovated, did not stop the event from being held.
Marie Jozowski, Tammy Araujo, Patty Zdichocki, Maria Grizzetti, and Charlotte Zawacki, helped give the empty space in borough hall a little more of a holiday feeling for the children who entered through its doors.
A snowy background was put on the walls, with two chairs set up in front of it for Santa and Frosty to sit on, while holiday music played.
It was councilman George Graham‘s fourth time portraying Santa, while Zdichocki played the role of Frosty, and Grizzetti dressed up as an elf.
From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., families with their children walked in to pose for free pictures.
“We are going to get them developed at Shop Rite before the Christmas tree lighting so they are ready by 5:30,” stated Zdichocki, in regard to the lighting, which had taken place shortly after this event.
Children of all ages arrived, some with gifts from their Christmas lists in mind, and others who were too shy to stray away from mommy and daddy for a few short moments, but managed to put on a smile, as Santa and Frosty waved to them.
“I want you to come to my house and Nanny’s house on the farm,” said four-year-old Orian to Santa, who came with his grandparents and younger brother, Rex.
Orian then asked Santa if he could have, “blue Play-Doh” for Christmas.
Other children, including Grayson, Paige, Justin, Emily, Alexa, Samantha, Briana, Reese, Tess, Jack, Charlotte, Emma, Madeline Audrey, Ryan, Christopher, Kelly and Maggi, all smiled proudly for their pictures.
“Baby dolls!” is what Alexa excitedly asked for to Santa.
“A pony!” is what Reese had asked for.
There were however two children who stood out amongst the group.
Alaurial and another girl named Sarina, who arrived a little bit after, were both deaf children.
Alaurial’s father used sign language with her to ask what she wanted for Christmas, she had signed back with, “A pink hair brush,” and then posed for a photo with her brothers, Anwyn and Taro.
Sarina, who was with her grandmother and sister Tess, had no one to coach her with sign language, since they are both learning themselves.
Zdichocki then start motioning in sign language to Sarina as she responded back.
“It was kind of hard to do with my gloves on in this costume, said Zdichocki who formerly worked with deaf children.
About 30 children attended the event with over 60 photos snapped.