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Thank you to Those who helped with Home for the Holidays

Dear Friends,

Once again it’s time to start your Christmas season by enjoying all that Home for the Holidays has to offer.

Our schedule is full of many family events as usual. You will find a big change on our schedule, as we have moved our House Walk to Saturday.

We spent many hours looking for a solution to the conflicts of Black Friday and our sincere hope is that more of you will be able to join us from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Diane Sprole and Penny Olson Langland have a wonderfully “nostalgic” tour of four beautiful older Morris homes for you to view this year, along with the tea, which will be hosted by Immaculate Conception Church. 

On behalf of the Home for the Holidays Committee, I would like to thank our 2013 host families for allowing our community to tour your amazing homes and Christmas décor.

We realize this is a large undertaking and truly appreciate your willingness to do this for the community.

Home for the Holidays is especially grateful to the Morris Public Works Department for agreeing to provide the manpower to light all of our downtown trees.

It is a holiday wonderland in our nostalgic downtown after dark.

We appreciate the generosity of the city to add this task to its already full schedule.

We would also like to thank Mayor Kopczick, Sheriff Callahan and the courthouse staff, the Morris Daily Herald, WCSJ/WJDK, Morris Public Library, Morris Rotary, FOE Lodge, Immaculate Conception Church, the Girls Scouts of Service Unit 9 Trailways Council and Mary Miller-Roed.

The weekend would not be possible without countless volunteers who donate precious holiday weekend time to help us make this event a success.

Thank you all for everything you do.

Home for the Holidays is a weekend event, but for our committee it is a year-round job.  I thank them all for their dedication to this project. This year’s committee members are: Diane Sprole, Penny Olson-Langland, Missy Durkin, Carol Hutchings, Ken Buck, Sara Grieff, Judy Smith, Jeri Robinson, Dawn Kuhn and Donna Ramirez. A very special thanks to Julie Applegate, who handles so many of the day to day details, which make Home for the Holidays run smoothly.

As I have told you in past years, there are so many activities to enjoy this weekend for the whole family. Please join us for the lighted parade, a visit with Santa, a trolley or carriage ride through our beautiful downtown, a walk through nostalgic homes or come down to meet some of Santa’s favorite reindeer.

It is a great time to make family memories, start your Christmas shopping or just catch a little Holiday spirit when you see the delight of a child’s first glimpse of Santa. 

Merry Christmas to all,

Deb Baker

Chairwoman of Home for the Holidays

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