CARDIFF BY THE SEA — Like the days of yore, neighbors gathered around the town square to enjoy hot drinks and songs during the holiday season. In this case, the Kringle Mingle was held in the Cardiff Town Center.
Hosted by the Cardiff 101 MainStreet on Dec. 2, the second annual event drew large crowds together to celebrate the holidays. Merchants participated in an expanded gift fair this year, with everything from hand-knitted scarves to beach-themed wreaths available.
Live music by the barbershop quartet Added Attraction and The Devine School for Guitar complimented the evening as children lined up to have a word with Santa Claus. Councilwoman Teresa Barth donated the community Christmas tree.
“It’s so nice to be able to walk with the kids down to see Santa,” said Pamela Santos. Her sons, Jake, 3, and Peyton, 5, had a list of goodies to relay to Santa. “I want a bird and a dog,” Peyton said. “I grew up in New York (City) and this reminds me of the kind of neighborhood get-together we had during the holidays, “ Santos said. “It was free and laidback with a lot of people you knew.”
The Sanderling Waldorf School provided crafts for the kids while the grown-ups had an opportunity to shop and socialize. “I wouldn’t mind having something like this even more often,” Pat Luster said. “Having the community come together is really what the Christmas spirit is all about,” he said.