As kids, many of us couldn't wait to send Santa our Christmas list. Then when it came time to see St. Nick in the flesh, we made sure to rehearse precisely what "we" wanted to find from the red-suited main guy under our heavily tinseled trees Christmas morning. Not much has changed in that regard. As children, many of us were programmed to stay nice throughout the year, so we didn't jeopardize getting on Santa's naughty list. Hmm, which, come to think of it, sheds light on why my cousin Shauna got a Deluxe Easy Bake Oven and the Limited Edition Barbie RV Camper the same year I got a Pet Rock. Well, that same year, I received the Sunshine Family Collection, so I couldn't have been too naughty.

Not much has changed during the holiday, as children still like to send Santa a Christmas list of the presents they would like. ...And similar to decades ago, children still enjoy the idea of GIVING GIFTS, too! When kids make presents for their parents, grandparents, teachers, siblings, and others, it teaches them the importance of giving and sharing. Many communities worldwide have also made it possible for children to "shop" for their family members in designated venues known as "Children's Christmas Stores".

This Saturday (December 3rd), and for the first time since 2019, the Women's Club in Anaconda will have just that; a Christmas Store designed specifically for "children" to shop for their loved ones. It's an exciting experience for the kiddos. Volunteers will be on-site to help these young shoppers pick out up to 8 items priced at ONLY $1 each. Community members over the past month brought in donations and gifts, so the selection is expected to be great! Volunteers will also be there to wrap all chosen gifts. Plus, anyone interested in volunteering can contact Sherrie at (406) 490-8222. Here's where to bring your youngster for a shopping experience like no other this Saturday: Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall at 106 Cherry in Anaconda. The Christmas Store will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will go towards AJHS Women's Club Scholarships. Adults are asked to wait in their vehicles while the kids put their shopping skills to the test. Psst, no peaking parents! Don't worry, they'll be in good hands, so let the shopping begin! 

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