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The Magic of Christmas

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

High school senior Dajuan Criglar assisted Jamaree and Jayden Thomas of Malden in selecting Christmas presents for their parents as part of Malden's annual Shopping with Santa. Photo by Courtney Luke
Christmas is always a special time of year, but in Malden, it is especially memorable for the children who participate in the annual festivities.

Many Malden organizations get in the Christmas spirit and sponsor events or enter floats in the parade.

The Chamber Maids, the Bootheel Youth Museum, RSVP, AmeriCorps, SADD, and the Malden Nutrition Center all assisted in the morning event held at the youth museum at which children could have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, eat breakfast, shop for their parents' Christmas gifts, or make art projects.

Shortly afterward, the Malden Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual Christmas parade. This year's theme was "The Magic of Christmas". Many churches and businesses decked their floats with tinsel and lights and made their way down the city streets. This year's floats were considered by many as extremely creative and merry.

Nine year old Gracie Cluck from Bernie enjoyed her early morning Breakfast with Santa at the Bootheel Youth Museum on Saturday.
The comment, "I would hate to be a judge for this parade", or something of that nature was heard from those watching.

Despite that sentiment, the judges can only pick one first place winner. This year's trophy went to AmeriCorps, who presented an interactive How the Grinch stole Christmas themed float in which the Grinch actually attempted to steal presents from those watching the parade.

Second place was awarded to the Malden United Pentecostal Church. Their float displayed a large gift that presented Baby Jesus inside explaining that He was the real gift of Christmas.

Christopher and Jacob Crawford of Malden posed with Mr. and Mrs. Claus during Saturday's Chrismas festivities in Malden.
Lynn Oak General Baptist Church was awarded third place and had a mobile campfire atop their float.

Malden's MSH Clinic was awarded the spirit award.

Band awards went to Malden School, first place, and Clarkton School, second place.

AmeriCorps volunteers presented Whoville and the Grinch that attempted to steal Christmas as their float. They were awarded first place for their efforts.
Of course the parade ended with the famous Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who after making a speedy trip from the Bootheel Youth Museum, rode in a lift bucket from one of the Malden Fire Department's fire trucks.

Some of the crowd favorites were the Peanut Gang represented by First State Community Bank, the antique cars, and the larger than usual amount of horses trotting along.

The Christmas spirit appears to be alive and well around these parts and is expected to increase as more activities such as school concerts, church cantatas and plays, as well as community events occur throughout December.

Malden United Pentecostal Church won second place in the float division during Malden's annual Christmas parade held Saturday morning.

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