Holiday tradition brings community together

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 on Dec. 4.
Hosted by the Cardiff 101 MainStreet Association, the fourth 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 was provided by the Ada Harris Elementary School Wildcat band 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 Jana Marksinson. Her 2- year-old daughter sat mostly in awe while Santa asked her what she wanted for Christmas. “She still has no real idea who Santa is but it’s so cute to watch,” Marksinson said. “I have a list of goodies for Santa, too.”
“I grew up in a small town and this reminds me of the kind of neighborhood get-together we had during the holidays,” Patricia Belle said. “Back then it wasn’t this elaborate and it was somebody’s dad or uncle that dressed up as Santa.”
Craft activities were available for the children while the grown-ups had an opportunity to shop and socialize. “I wouldn’t mind having something like this even more often,” said Pat Luster. “Having the community come together is really what the Christmas spirit is all about,” he said.

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