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Toasted marshmallows, cookies, cocoa, candy canes and Santa! Friday was a big night at Stonehouse Park. Thanks to the Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Department, event organizers were prepared for whatever Mother Nature had in store. Twin fire pits kept the chill away and a huge tent sheltered Santa and Mrs. Claus as they visited with children and the Murieta Dance Company performed a trio of numbers from its upcoming holiday show. Santa alighted from a fire truck to start the holiday season by lighting the decorations. The rain relented for this annual Optimist Club event, which seems only fitting. S’more kits were provided by the Rancho Murieta Community Church. (Click for larger images)

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What did your kids say to Santa?

Before heading back to the North Pole, Santa talked with us briefly about the children he met in Rancho Murieta and what they wanted for Christmas. It turns out it was more than toys.

"Two or three kids mentioned they wanted peace on Earth. ... They didn't want anything else for themselves," Santa said. "There were a couple of boys and one girl who all said they had plenty for themselves, but they had friends in the area and they were hoping the friends would get some gifts, which I thought was very sweet and touching. A boy and a girl said similar things about how they just wanted their whole family to be together for the holiday, and if I could make that happen, it would be wonderful for them."

Santa said he thought the Rancho Murieta kids he met were terrific.

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It Takes a Village

The Rancho Murieta Optimist Club would like to thank the Rancho Murieta Community Church, Murieta Dance Company, Murieta Market, Local Bean Cafe, Sac Metro Fire, Rancho Murieta Country Club and especially the Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Staff for making this event a wonderful way to start the holiday season!

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