Christmas brings many traditions back around every year. Decorated trees, family gatherings, gift giving and caroling are part and parcel of the holiday.

For the members of the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, however, one of the traditions that goes with Christmas is its annual Tamassee Christmas Luncheon. The group held the 28th annual luncheon last month at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church.

The event is an opportunity for the chapter’s daughters and their husbands to play Santas and Mrs. Clauses for children who attend the Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina. The school is designed to provide an education for children in the rural Appalachian Mountains.

“The children from four Tamassee cottages submitted their Christmas ‘wish lists’ to the chapter,” Philadelphia Winn Chapter publicity chairwoman Lee Schermerhorn said in a statement. “Great care was taken to grant the children’s wishes and provide wonderful memories.”

Schermerhorn said chapter Regent Kitty Watters officiated over the luncheon while Chaplain Linda Olson led a short program. Rene Hardin, the Chapter Development and Revitalization Commission state chairwoman for the Georgia State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Lydia McGill, state Constitution Week chairwoman, also were on hand for the festivities.

But, of course, no traditional Christmas party is complete without one other guest: Santa Claus.

Santa, who goes by the name Curtis McGill the rest of the year, was there too to spend time with the kids and help make sure they enjoyed the festive event.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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