Santa and his helpers were everywhere last Saturday, as Brimfield, Elmwood and Farmington had Christmas events downtown. Above, Santa and his crew wave after riding in a horse-drawn carriage through Elmwood. Photo by Shelley Earnest Cassel.
Farmington ends its WinterFest with the lighting of a tree in Reed Park.
During Winterfest, a youngster enjoys getting close to sheep, courtesy of Farmington FFA.
In keeping with the real reason for the season, youngsters from United Methodist Church of Elmwood dress up and stage a traveling nativity scene during the Christmas Walk.
Photo by Dave Giagnoni.
Female cardinals like this one are among the birds still lingering around central Illinois. Photo by Gretchen Steele.

Elmwood Tornado of June 5, 2010

A cardinal finds more than he bargained for inside this bird feeder
in an Elmwood back yard. Photo by Penny Marsh.