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Happy Birthday Jesus Celebration: An Annual Tradition

MERRY CHRISTMAS! -- Karen Capio and her granddaughter Jade Woods enjoy a visit with Santa at the Happy Birthday Jesus Celebration on December 1st.

What began as a Christmas gift in 2009 by late husband Mack Jackson, has become an annual tradition carried out by Karen Jackson and the help of a few ?Elves? that brings joy to kids from Buffalo and the surrounding area.

Co-hosted on the 1st Saturday of December, by the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo Eastern Star, Normangee Eastern Star and generous contributions by local citizens? kids of all ages enjoy gifts like dolls, color books, car and trucks.

Santa?s Helpers like Sue Pittman, Leslie Hensler, Cindy Sitton, Molly Jean Doss, Nettie Haynie, Wynona Ward and Roger Martin share the joy of Christmas embracing that Santa, although fun, is secondary to Jesus.

Every year about 65 kids walk in, get a ticket for door prizes, run to see Santa where parents can take photos, receive a gift bag of wonderfully fun treats. They sit, have fun, play with friends and meet ones. There?s story time, singing Happy Birthday Jesus, and of course birthday cake, punch and more!

Looking towards Christmas 2019, we?re checking twice for character actors, Santa?s Helpers and those who want to help. Planning begins early so please contact Karen Jackson at KarenJackson29@yahoo.com.