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Another fantastic Burton Christmas Fair

Author: Beth Glendinning Published: 22nd December 2010 09:42

Many people embrace their own secret family traditions that they joyfully carry out during the Christmas season.

Even the biggest Scrooges must be able to admit to having one little tradition that brings them joy and merriness, whether it be snuggling up and watching an old film or cooking up a scrumptious pudding with that key ingredient that a great-grandmother so cleverly added all those years ago.

Burton Christmas FairDespite this, the Burton Christmas fair was packed with many families, all coming together and enjoying the Christmas spirit in the same way: as a community.

The clock struck two and already the village hall was full of joyful people, some wearing red Santa hats and others sparkly reindeer boppers. The mood was fantastically merry and delightfully light. This could perhaps be due to the change of setting as this year it was decided that the children's and adult's stalls would all be in the hall and by doing this a beautiful atmosphere was created whereby all generations enjoyed the event together.

This was noted by many, including Brenda Davies (Brown Owl at Burton's Brownie pack) who said: "I think that the fair is more exciting because we are all together".

Little girls in tutus with glistening snowmen delicately painted onto their cheeks scuttled about, rushing excitedly between the grown-ups legs like tiny balls of concentrated energy but they were suddenly shy when it came to their encounter with Father Christmas.

Their parents were able to enjoy the wide selection of stalls, including that of Burton and Puddington's Mothers Union, stacked high with Christmassy delights, as was Macmillan Cancer Support. Some stalls showed a brief, hopeful glimpse of Spring, for example heather plants and cute bulbs and buds. Many stalls were perfect for the sweet tooth, like the mesmerising chocolate fountain and the table decorated with Christmassy jams made from every possible delicious fruit.

Organiser Jenny Trimble seemed delighted by how the fair was going: "It is lovely to see so many people here, it's a really villagey thing to do!"

In the café area, the small wooden tables were dressed in green-red chequered table cloths and topped off with glass vases of roses, but what was causing such merriment in this room was also on the tables; that's right, the cakes. After overhearing many a conversation praising the utter delightfulness of these treats, I couldn't help but go and inspect them, and on my way, I spotted three adorable young boys munching away - this blonde trio said that they were really enjoying their cake and the youngest boy (Ben aged two) said "This cake is very yummy!"

The hall itself was decorated beautifully in royal reds and velvety greens, especially the stage which had blue waterfall-like curtains, pouring down the sides, while the front was lined with brilliant raffle prizes awaiting a lucky winner. However as the eye moved upwards, a magical Christmas haven was unveiled; tinsel, bells and holly were hung around the walls; a man was entertaining young children as he created a variety of brilliant animals made out of balloons, and then, sat in the corner of the stage, with a huge, warm smile, a large sack of presents, a fairy on the left of him and an elf on the right, it was the man himself, Father Christmas! Towards the end of the fair, I managed to catch a word with him and he said: "HO HO HO! Merry Christmas!" Slightly clichéd I suppose but I don't think that he had had his cocoa and mince pie yet!

This was a really special event that was certainly enjoyed by everyone who attended and will be remembered for a while to come. Many thanks to Jenny Trimble whose organising of the fair made it a fantastic day full of joy and merriment!

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