Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — There is a well-known Christmas song that starts with the words, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” On Saturday, that feeling was prominent on the cheery faces of people throughout downtown Medina as part of the 6th Annual Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration.
A number of events for people of all ages took place during the day. Some of them were performances, and some were of the hands-on variety to get children enthusiastic about the holiday season.
At Case-Nic Cookies children were invited to decorate Christmas cookies. Some of the shapes available to be frosted and sprinkled were snowmen, wreaths, and snowflakes. Among the children who participated in the cookie decorating were Addison Paul, 5, and Aidan Paul, 7. Their mom, Julie Paul, said the day’s festivities were a great way to help the community.
“This is good for local merchants,” she said, adding that it is better to shop locally than go to a mall at such a busy time of year.
Also at Case-Nic Cookies were Riley and Austin Tompkins, 5 and 7 years old, respectively. Their dad, Chris Tompkins, said what Medina offered on Saturday was something he could not find in a big city. A Medina native, he and his family recently moved back to the area after living in Richmond, Va.
“We were always looking for something like this (near Richmond) but we couldn’t find it anywhere,” Tompkins recalled, speaking about a certain hometown feel that many embrace as part of the magic of the holiday season.
“When we finally had the opportunity to move back here, we did,” he said. Then he smiled and continued, “We decided if we couldn’t find a place like Medina, why not move back to Medina?”
Elsewhere in downtown, the Medina Theater was open for its first Olde Tyme Christmas. This year, rather than wait in the open air — which was quite cold and featured a stiff breeze — parents with little ones who wanted to see Santa Claus could wait indoors on a line that led to the stage portion of the building where the jolly old man was waiting, along with Mrs. Claus. Santa patiently listened to wish lists from a host of excited children, while Mrs. Claus sat across from him and read various Christmas stories.