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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Christmas on Sixth Street Dec. 1

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  • While the miracle is on 34th Street, Christmas in Chillicothe starts early on Sixth Street.
    The seventh annual Christmas on Sixth Street event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church at 1023 N. Sixth St.
    “It draws our church together for one thing,” chairwoman Carol Ritter said. “That’s the basic thing.”
    From 9 to 11 a.m., the church will have warm drinks and cinnamon rolls at the Coffee Cafe.
    “Candy and cookies are the favorite things and the cinnamon rolls are a big draw, too,” Ritter said.
    Visitors can enjoy a ham dinner with scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and drinks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    During the event, the Kidz Kingdom Store will be set up in Santa’s Secret Shoppe.
    “It’s for the kids to shop for their parents,” Ritter said.
    The Sweet Shoppe will feature cookies and candy, and the Holiday Gift Shoppe will have unique and handmade gift items from local residents.
    “We want to provide a place for people to shop with homemade and handmade things that are unique,” Ritter said.
    Ritter said the event annually raises money to support the church.
    “It’s going to be used for the education department and for some of our outreach things,” Ritter said.
    After being gone last year, the Home Walk is back this year.
    “We hadn’t had it last year so we decided to redo it again,” Ritter said.
    Patrons can purchase a ticket for $10, which are available at Picket Fence in Chillicothe and Julie’s Corner Store in Lacon. There are five houses on the tour.
    The Burdick home, located at 1529 Sixth St., is 100 years old and features a maid’s room and a bell collection.
    At the Robles’ house, located at 815 Fifth St., the house is fully decorated for Christmas.
    The Dooley/Hasfjord home at 525 Taylor Drive has a collection of nativity scenes and displays.
    The Sarver house at 17520 River Lane is located on the river and the Ritter house, at 725 Sixth St., has a collection of nativity sets and a Department 56 collection.
    For the December event, people begin preparations months in advance.
    “I personally start in January but most people don’t start until July,” Ritter said.
    Ritter, in her second year as the chairwoman, said the event is something that draws the community together.
    “I enjoy doing it,” Ritter said. “I like doing this kind of thing. I like organization and people are really good about helping.”
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