Christmas in Madrid includes old traditions, some new ones

MADRID — The Madrid Historical Society has been hosting Christmas celebrations in the community for many years, including the Children’s Christmas Party, which was originally sponsored by the town. When the town deorganized in 2000 and the historical society was formed, MHS continued the tradition.
Since 2012 MHS has invited local adults to share in a holiday potluck/gift exchange. This year, the historical society is also hosting a Christmas tree lighting.
“There are many new residents in Madrid this year,” a spokesperson said. “We want to continue to grow a sense of community in our little ‘un-town’, allowing new residents to meet their new neighbors.”
All MHS events are held at the MHS Community Room on the corner of Reeds Mill and Schoolhouse roads.
The Christmas tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, weather permitting. All are welcome to attend the opportunity to make some shiny ornaments to hang on the tree and enjoy cocoa and cookies, followed by gathering at the tree by the road to decorate, sing some carols and see the tree light up.
The potluck and “switch, steal, unwrap” gift exchange will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. Those attending may bring a dish to share, their preferred beverage and a wrapped gift (maximum cost $10).
The Children’s Christmas party is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Games, crafts, lunch and more, as well as a visit from Santa. The party is limited to children who live in Madrid and the grandchildren of Madrid residents, and requires preregistration.
Madrid’s community Christmas celebration concludes with the Christmas candlelight service at Reeds Mill Church, 995 Reeds Mill Road at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, followed by refreshments at the Robie house, up the road from the church. The service includes caroling and the reading of the Christmas story. Reeds Mill Church, the only church ever built in Madrid, is a one-room, electricity-free worship center copstructed in 1892. Original kerosene lamps and plenty of candlelight cast the perfect lighting for a Christmas service in this historical setting.
Call 207-639-2713 for more information about any of the events and to preregister for the Children’s Christmas Party.

PHOTO: Santa will once again be in attendance at the Madrid Children’s Christmas Party. (Submitted photo)