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Westwood Church of Christ provides meal with Santa
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Saint Nicholas, portrayed by Wally McClarren, serves up a hot plate of pancakes and bacon during Breakfast with Santa at Westwood Church of Christ. Pictured, from left, are sisters Khloe and Aaliayh Robertson and Reyes Hernandez. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Is there anything that smells better than bacon frying? That’s the scent that greeted excited kids, who showed up Saturday ready to eat Breakfast with Santa at Westwood Church of Christ. 

Many children scarfed down their plate of pancakes and salt-cured pork in order to quickly hop up and tell Santa their Christmas wish list.

For little Briar Williams, 8, she whispered to Santa that she wanted a Nintendo Switch, a Polaroid camera and a Radical Racer, a remote control car that goes vertical on the wall, sideways, and around.

Each kid received a candy cane before heading over to one of two craft tables. At the first table, students constructed a Christmas ornament to take home explaining the birth of Jesus. The second table was for creating Christmas cards for residents of The Webb House and Westwood shut-ins. 

“We wanted to help kids learn to love on others and make sure they know the Christian Christmas story,” said craft organizer Julie Carr.

At the Christmas card table, kids paired sweet hand-drawn pictures with messages of well-wishes. Those too young to write stuck festive stickers into the card while acquiring a little assistance from parents. 

“I love having the community at certain events so we can get to known people outside of a Sunday morning service,” said Westwood children’s minister Karley Byrd. “My hope is that guests see the love of God at Westwood, whether that is through cooking a meal, conversations with our members or learning about the birth of Jesus.” 

For many, Christmas is the time to remember the humble birth of Jesus Christ and the reality that God was being born into the world. Luke 2 and Matthew 1 are the Bible passages that speak most to his birth.

Westwood minister Richard O’Connor helped serve up pancakes and shared what he would want people to know.

“The angel told the shepherds ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’ This is a message that applies to us all,” said O’Connor. “God loves you and proved it in the manger and at the cross.”