A Community Old Fashioned Christmas

The St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse held their Annual Christmas Party Saturday night. There were over 100 people in attendance and the tables were full to the brim with people enjoying themselves and the wonderful party. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Kaileigh Deacon

The St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse was full of people of people as they held their 15th Annual Community Christmas Party on December 8th. There might have been few spaces to fit more people in, but there was no shortage of holiday spirit on Saturday night. 

The annual Christmas Party has become a way for families and neighbors to get together for a meal and conversation and seeing the people they might not always get a chance to see. Every year the party has grown without managing to outgrow the space. “It’s amazing every year we seem to just get the right number of people without running out of space or turning people away,” Ted Carter said. This year’s event welcomed over 100 people filling every seat in the place. 

There was music, laughter, food, and of course, presents. Every kid that attends the event gets the chance to pick a gift when their ticket is called from the gift table at the front of the hall. There is always something for everyone and, just like Santa’s bag, there is always plenty to go around. This year there were 31 kids in attendance at the party with a wide variety of ages, and everyone got to pick what they wanted. 

With a little help from the Calais Fire Department, the man in the red suit was able to make an appearance at the Christmas Party. The Fire Department gave Santa a lift to the firehouse so he could make sure that everyone was having a good time and got a little something to go home with. 


It was an old-fashioned party with a potluck supper and neighbors getting together to celebrate the holiday. There were several songs where the group joined the musicians singing along. As has become the tradition, the evening ended with everyone singing a round of Silent Night.