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Feast among friends at Community Christmas Dinner

 Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe

No one in Lacombe will have reason to spend Christmas alone, as everyone’s invited to the Lacombe Community Christmas Dinner Dec. 25.

 

The annual event is spearheaded by the Bethel Christian Reformed Church, and has more than 20 years of history behind it.

For the past 12 years, Cora Hoekstra, who is now a member of city council, and her family have helped put the dinner on. Originally it was started by two couples in the community, and was being held out of the Legion when Hoekstra and her family  took up the mantle of organizing it, which was then supported by their church.

“I toyed with the idea of stepping down, but my son asked why. It’s just what we do. It’s just how our Christmas is defined,” she said. “It does take a portion of the day on the 23, 24, and 25th, but it ends up being such a neat celebration of the community getting together so we just keep doing it.”

The dinner is held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, with doors opening at 12 p.m. A served buffet-style Christmas dinner with all the fixings is served shortly after at 12:30 p.m. Carols, games and occasionally door prizes follow, as well as conversation between members of the community.

It’s free of charge, too, no matter the circumstances of those coming in.

“A lot of people want to emphasize it’s for the poor or people who have low income. That’s really not the intent of the dinner,” Hoekstra said.

“The intent is about bringing people together who are alone of Christmas Day. If you’re alone, you’re not going to cook a turkey but hey, come to the LMC and you can enjoy the fellowship of your community and enjoy a full traditional Christmas dinner.”

Last year, they served 200 people, and they are preparing to feed 250 this year.

For more information, contact Bethel Christian Reformed Church at (403)782-6400 or visit their website at www.lacombebethelcrc.org. They can also be found on Facebook @BethelChristianReformedChurchLacombeAlbertaCanada. 



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