’Tis the season — Events spread holiday cheer

More than 100 Soldiers from 615th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, march through freezing sunrise temperatures at Fort Carson Dec. 10, while carrying kids’ toys in their rucksacks for donations at the USO.

More than 100 Soldiers from 615th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, march through freezing sunrise temperatures at Fort Carson Dec. 10, while carrying kids’ toys in their rucksacks for donations at the USO.

Mountaineer staff

The Fort Carson community was treated to a variety of holiday events in December.

The community tree-lighting ceremony was held Dec. 2 to kick off the Candyland at Holiday Village, which ran through Dec. 5 at the Special Events Center. The opening event included performances from singers, dancers and musicians; an ice-skating rink, face painting, a Grant Library ornament booth and a Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation “Santa’s Little Helper” contest for children. The winners of the contest will be featured on future editions of the DFMWR Fort Carson NOW publication.

Santa’s in Town at the Elkhorn, Dec. 7, included visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The family-friendly Elkhorn Conference Center event included cookie decorating, face painting, children’s holiday movies and music and pictures with Santa.

A Living Nativity held Dec. 10-11 at Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel was presented by the Protestant and Catholic communities with sheep and mules provided by local community clubs.

Other holiday events were held to provide toys and gifts to Fort Carson Families who may be feeling the economic pinch during the holidays.

Santa’s Workshop, sponsored by the Officers’ Spouses’ Club, provided toys and stocking stuffers for parents of 1,500 Fort Carson children to put under the tree for Christmas morning.

The 615th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, conducted a toy road march Dec. 10.

Sgt. Donyale Trotman, team leader with 615th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, called marching cadences based on popular holiday songs, during a sunrise march with more than 100 Soldiers and several Family members.

“We’re trying to get everyone in the holiday spirit,” said Trotman, who described the early morning event as a motivational walk for Soldiers and their Families. “After this, everyone has a toy in their pack to give to the children.”

Trotman had a monster truck, while others carried board games, stuffed animals, action figures, educational devices and athletic equipment. Unit representatives delivered their donations to the USO for relay to military families.

Nearly 600 live-Christmas trees were distributed to Fort Carson families and community members Dec. 8-9 at the Mountain Post Sports Complex. Representatives from DFMWR trimmed the trees that were donated by various civilian organizations.

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