By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Smiling children wore their pajamas as they eagerly awaited Santa Claus’ arrival in Winter Wonderland.
Many families gathered around decorated tables to enjoy a Christmas meal in Corinth on Saturday.
The room at the National Guard Armory was transformed into the North Pole with huge inflatable toy soldiers, snowmen, Santa Claus and many other Christmas characters.
A guitar duet sang Christmas songs as the families dined, and volunteers checked on the tables to see if the guests had everything they needed.
“This is what it’s about,” said Michelle Miles with the Corinth Salvation Army. “This is our favorite time.”
The Salvation Army held its second annual Night With Santa on Saturday, and about 200 people attended after receiving invitations.
“I really do believe everyone has enjoyed it,” Miles said. “Just about every table is full.”
It made Miles and the volunteers happy to see so many smiling faces, especially from the children.
“Being able to see the smiles on their faces tonight is worth everything,” Miles added.
Approximately 40 volunteers made sure the guests had a special evening. Miles believes God put people here to serve others.
After the meal, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Happy the Elf made their big entry, and the children’s excitement was evident. Santa and his crew paraded down the middle of the room to his huge chair facing the audience and read a story called “The First Christmas Night” about the birth of Jesus. A savior for the world was born that night, Santa said.
After the story, Santa sang “Jingle Bells” with the children, and then the kids formed a long line to see Santa. The children then had milk and cookies with Saint Nick.
Miles was very appreciative of all the sponsors who made the special night possible. The impressive decorations were provided by Magnolia Regional Health Center, and the hospital employees also provided hams and hashbrown casserole.
“The (hospital) has been so great to us,” Miles said. “They jumped on board and said, ‘We want to be part of this.’”
Many other sponsors, such as The Dinner Bell, Cracker Barrel, Ryan’s, McAlister’s Deli, Turner Dairy and Russell’s Beef House were also a huge help.
“We have so many different sponsors that have played a part in this, and without them we couldn’t do this,” Miles said.