BELMAR, NJ — Nearly 100 Belmar and Lake Como children had a good reason for getting up early on a damp and dreary Saturday morning.

They made their way to Belmar Elementary School yesterday for the Belmar Fire Department’s 92nd annual Christmas Party, where they enjoyed a host of festivities, compliments of the borough’s three volunteer fire companies — Goodwill Hose Co., Union Fire Co. and Volunteer Hook and Ladder Co.

It was a fun-filled event that kicked off with the youngsters creating their own holiday ornaments, followed by the showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and a magic show, and culminating with a visit from Santa Claus (aka George Burr, a 26-year volunteer firefighter at Belmar’s Union Fire Co.).

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Greeted by giggles and grins as he entered the school auditorium, Santa took his seat on the stage, where the youngsters took their turns telling him what they wanted for Christmas — staying long enough by his side for someone to snap a photo.

But if that wasn’t enough, there was another surprise awaiting them. As they left the auditorium, each youngster received a large shopping bag filled with toys and a cookie — a tradition that never grows old for Belmar’s dedicated volunteer corps of firefighters.

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