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Santa Visits Fanwood

Perched atop a Fanwood Fire Department Truck, Santa Claus gave out a few early Christmas presents to girls and boys around town.

About 100 family, friends and neighbors waited for eagerly for Santa to arrive at the Lynch Family home on Hunter Avenue. Although Santa travels around to the homes of boys and girls all over Fanwood, the Lynchs, who have three children of their own, have held this gathering of holiday cheer for twelve years in a row.

As Fanwoodians young and old stood in the brisk but beautiful weather, enjoying donuts and hot chocolate (or even an ice cold brewsky), Dan Lynch noted that his wife Judi also invites party goers to bring a new toy to donate to children in need this holiday season.

"We are very lucky to have such generous friends and neighbors," Lynch stated.

As Santa Claus finally made the turn off of North Avenue and onto Hunter escorted by none other than a jolly Chief Trigo and members of the Fanwood Police Department and Fanwood Rescue Squad, the Lynch front yard turned into a sea of smiles and joyous greetings for old Saint Nick, who did his best to distribute brown paper packages carrying Christmas surprises.

As he waited eagerly on the front steps watching his Christmas hero come down the street, one boy turned to this Patch Editor, celebrating her 16th Christmas in Fanwood and said:

"I smell Santa!"

And I replied, "What does Santa smell like?"

"Cookies!" he exclaimed. Happy Holidays Fanwood! Stay safe and warm, and most importantly, enjoy the time spent with your friends and family this season. 

Gerry December 18, 2011 at 02:40 AM
A story full of Spirit ! Merry Christmas
Janet December 19, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I remember waiting for Santa to hand out candy canes from the fire truck when I was a kid..wish I was there this time! It was my birthday on Sat..I would have loved for my daughter to see that, but we are in Colorado now - they don't do anything like that here. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!!
FanwoodMom December 20, 2011 at 12:16 AM
A great Fanwood tradition continues! My first Fanwood Christmas I had no idea what was going on - I thought there was a fire on my street! Thank you to all of the volunteers who made the Santa visit possible.
douglassgrad December 20, 2011 at 02:19 PM
This is such a wonderful tradition. While we werent able to take part this year, we have for most of the years we've lived here. We stay home, bake cookies and wait for Santa on the fire truck. The fact that he visit individual houses -- and with such fanfare-- is terrific. This is a memory my children will treasure. Thank you to all the volunteers who make this happen.

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