Through foggy drizzle and gray evening sky, Santa managed to find Silver Lake and bring a touch of Christmas magic to an otherwise wet and cold afternoon on Dec. 2. One of his elves was heard to describe it as a "yucky" day. Said elf was surprised to see so many children of all ages waiting to greet Santa and see the beautiful village Christmas tree lit for the first time in 2012. Santa is said to have loved sitting in the new Gazebo as he is used to sitting out in the snow, but misty, moist Ohio evenings are not his bag. He brought his bag, however, and it was filled with candy canes and coloring books for all the youngsters who visited with the jolly old elf. The tree was lit, carols were sung, and the village holiday season has begun!

One of my childhood memories was our family's annual "See the Lights" drive. We would "ooh" and "ahh" and marvel at the decorations and always choose our favorite streets. This year villagers have outdone themselves with festive displays. In keeping with family tradition, I give my "personal favorite street" award to the Vincent Road/Millboro area. The house on Millboro that is directly across from the Roberts Walking Bridge is a must see! As you tour the village after dark, the house on the corner of Silverview and Harriett is spectacular and the houses at Silver Lake Boulevard and Oakridge are not to be missed. Thank you to all the villagers whose lighting displays add a touch of holiday magic to our town!

The Garden Club's annual Holly and Ivy Christmas Tea took place Dec. 10. The wonderful St. Cecelia Choral Society, an offshoot of the Tuesday Musical Association, under the direction of Nancy Robinson, performed a 30-minute Holiday Concert. Silver Lake's own Susan Weiss is a member of the women's choral group. The day of the Tea also marks the end of the term for Garden Club officers. Current President, Priscilla Drach, had this to say about her year of service: "Until I became President, I was not aware of all the things Garden Club does to make this village what it is: beautifully decorated with flowers and greenery all year long. Club members have a respect for nature and the land; a yearning to learn ever more about plants and posies; the strength to make the village a place where children are welcomed and cared for, a place where all ages work together, bond, and joyfully labor so the village is a beautiful, enjoyable place to live. I knew all about the big events, but not the quiet ways the Garden Club members go about being such a bonding force in the neighborhood. The Board works so well together." Nancy Gray will become President for 2013.