Church log cabin: Santa finds perfect home for Skokie visit
Christina Turek, 6 of Skokie tells Santa what she wants for Christmas Saturday in the loft at Central United Methodist Church's historic log cabin. The church held its annual Holiday Extravaganza in this ideal venue. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 16, 2012 8:21AM
There are too many places to count if you wanted to total all of the visits that Santa Claus makes before his big night of work Dec. 24 and 25.
He sees children of all ages in all places in days and nights leading up to Christmas,
But it’s hard to imagine a setting he would like any better than Central United Methodist Church’s historic log cabin where he visited Saturday. If ever there was a venue for a cozy and comfortable holiday gathering, the log cabin — now renovated and looking better than ever — is it.
That’s what the leaders of the church thought, too, when they hosted the first Holiday Extravaganza a few years ago after the log cabin had been spruced up. Saturday was the third annual event of many more to come, church leaders are certain.
Santa visited with children of all ages in the church cabin’s comfortable loft, taking down gift requests and offering “Ho Ho Ho”s in return.
But Santa’s visit was only one of the offerings throughout the day. Church members and guests also enjoyed a craft and vendor fair, lunch in the cabin cafe, a bake sale, games and other activities.
The church completed the first and most important phase of a two or three-phase project in renovating the cabin, which has allowed for it to be used more frequently. The church continues to raise funds for additional phases of work.
— Mike Isaacs