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Christmas in Lincoln

It's almost time - CLICK HERE to track Santa!

A spectacular Christmas light show!

Rena Glidden of Lincoln loves to decorate her home for the Christmas season, and starting at Thanksgiving she often stays up late putting together a beautiful display of holiday cheer. She has as many as 14 or 15 trees, each with its own theme, and each has a nativity as a reminder of the real meaning of the holiday. Every corner of her house is lit up with carolers, snowmen, angels and other themes. Some of the displays feature music or moving figures. 

Rena says that she's always adding to her collection of decorations, and every year she comes up with new ideas. After New Year's Day, the Christmas things are packed away, and she starts thinking about Valentine's Day!

We'd like to thank Rena for allowing us to share her Christmas display with our visitors. CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow. Merry Christmas everyone!

LINCOLN area children can e-mail Santa at until December 23rd. He promises to read every one! And we may publish a few here on your Lincoln area website!


Annual K of C Senior Citizens' Christmas Party

December 12 - Again this year, the local Knights of Columbus put on a wonderful Christmas party for all area senior citizens at the K of C Hall in Lincoln. A roast beef dinner and live music were enjoyed by a large crowd, and Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus were on hand to distribute gifts. 8th graders from Mattanawcook Junior High School served the dinner and helped to clean up after the meal. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.

Annual LP&T Christmas Party

December 8 - Lincoln Paper & Tissue puts on a great Christmas party every year for their employees and their families. Once again, we were honored to be invited to share their celebration and bring you some photos. CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

December 7 - This evening downtown Lincoln celebrated Christmas with the annual Festival of Lights parade and the lighting of the town's Christmas tree. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.

December 7 - This morning the Mattanawcook Academy cafetorium was packed with kids of all ages. Everyone enjoyed a nice breakfast while they waited for the arrival of Santa Claus! The M.A.D.E. Dancers entertained the crowd as well, and a wonderful time was had by all. CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow.

December 5 - A nice crowd gathered at Penobscot Valley Hospital this evening in celebration of Christmas. Carols were sung by the Mattanawcook Academy chorus. Hospital CEO David Shannon, and Nancy Shannon of the PVH Auxiliary, spoke to those gathered. Doris Carney flipped the switch to light the lovely Christmas tree, and the crowd was invited inside tor refreshments and a tour of the hospital to see the decorations.


Scouts selling Christmas trees and wreaths

The Boy Scouts will have some trees and wreaths on Saturday, November 30 at the Lincoln Redemption Center from 10-2. On December 7, they will be at Steaks 'N Stuff (hours to be determined), and on December 14 at the Lincoln Redemption Center from 10-3 or sell out. Preorders are being taken for the 7th or the 14th. Call Pam Jordan at 290-5319. 6-8' trees are $25 and 9'+ are $30. Wreaths are $10 undecorated and $12 decorated.

You are cordially invited to attend the "Tree of Life" lighting ceremony, which will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6PM. Join the Auxiliary in singing Christmas carols as they light the tree and enjoy refreshments following the tree lighting in the cafeteria.

October 16 - December 7th is the date for this year's Christmas Parade, which will welcome in Santa Claus to Lincoln!  Plans are underway to give Mr. Claus a nice warm Lincoln welcome this December. For more information, contact the Lincoln Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 794-8065 or Angela Belk at 794-6695. The parade will start at 4 pm at the Lincoln Public Works building. Following the parade will be the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. 

Breakfast with Santa will be held December 7 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at Mattanawcook Academy.  Contact the Town Office for tickets (12 and under $3 and adults $5).

During the week of December 2, there will be a window/store front decorating contest for the best-decorated business on Main Street and on West Broadway. Each winner will receive a banner stating "best decorated" to hang for the remainder of the holiday season. Also, area residents may enter a best-decorated house contest for a fee of $25. The first place winner will receive $100 and a banner stating "best decorated house 2013". The runner-up will also receive a banner, along with a $50 prize.

On Saturday, December 7 there will be a chili and chowder challenge in Veterans Memorial Square in downtown Lincoln. There is no cost to enter, and prizes will be awarded in each category. The winner will be announced at approximately 5:30 pm, along with winners in the decorating contests.

To our friends and visitors from every corner of planet Earth, MERRY CHRISTMAS from Lincoln, Maine USA!

Tonight Connie and I give you all our special gift made just for you. We sincerely hope this video presentation adds to your enjoyment of the holiday season - this year and for many more to come. Please feel free to share it with anyone you please. Here it is! It's also available on Facebook and YouTube.

His Peace be with each and every one of you.

- Lee & Connie

For parade photos, CLICK HERE.

For Breakfast with Santa photos, CLICK HERE

For LP&T Christmas Party photos,  CLICK HERE

Mrs. Santa visits Colonial Health Care

December 22 - While Santa was listening to the little ones' Christmas wishes at Hannaford today, Mrs. Claus was visiting residents at Colonial Health Care during their Christmas party. Presents, cookies and visits from loved ones added to the festive atmosphere. Some cute dogs came to visit, too, all dressed up. Our photographer dropped by to bring you some photos.


Busy Santa finds time to visit with kids at Hannaford

December 22 - It's almost time to make his annual journey around the world, but Santa loves kids so much that he's still hearing their Christmas wishes! We found him today at Hannaford in Lincoln.


Will There Be A White Christmas This Year?

CHRISTMAS TRIVIA: The earliest recorded Christmas celebration in Maine was held in 1604 by French settlers on St. Croix Island. They held a religious service and spent the rest of the day playing games.

December 19 - We've had some Christmas snow, and it's the sticky kind. Get out there and build something really cool for our Snowman/Snow Sculpture Photo Contest! The contest is sponsored by the Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union and Rand Advertising LLC. For details, CLICK HERE.

2012 Knights of Columbus Senior Citizens' Christmas Party

December 13 - Every year the local K of C puts on a lively holiday party for area seniors. Today about 200 people enjoyed a roast beef dinner, carols and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The annual event is much appreciated by those who attend, as it allows them an opportunity to socialize as they celebrate Christmas. Anyone who has attended a dinner at the K of C Hall knows they put on a wonderful meal! As always, we were there to bring you photos. For a slideshow, CLICK HERE.

Lincoln in Lights movie preview

December 12 - Coming soon to your computer screen - 15 to 20 minutes of sparkling Christmas lights from all over Lincoln! Here's a preview of our video, which will be online on December 21. 

- Merry Christmas from Lee and Connie

December 10, 2012 - The late Sonny Rollins of Wytopitlock loved Christmas, and being outdoors. In 1980, he created a business that enabled him to spend time doing something he enjoyed and at the same time bring the spirit of Christmas to others - Santa Claus Hill. 

Today Sonny's wife Yvonne and their children maintain the family tradition of providing fresh Christmas trees and other holiday decorations for people far and wide. Downeast magazine ran an article about Santa Claus Hill in 2000.

Located at 2 Santa Claus Lane in Wytopitlock, Santa Claus Hill has 75 acres of trees, mostly balsam fir. Some prefer to cut their own tree, bringing back memories of searching the woods for that perfect tree in days gone by. Others choose a tree that's already cut. The trees are also sold wholesale. For example, Lincoln's Boy Scout troup purchases the trees they sell in the Lincoln area from Santa Claus Hill. For those who like to think ahead, Christmas trees can also be bought in advance and tagged for later cutting. 

In the gift shop, the delicious scents of hot chocolate and cider are woven with the smell of balsam boughs, tempting shoppers to linger and look over the holiday crafts on display. Precut trees are stacked next to the garage, already shaken and tied. Inside, wreaths and kissing balls hang in abundance. Wreaths are made by Sonny and Yvonne's daughter, Patty Harris of Lee, and Irene Malone of Bangor. Kissing balls are made by Larry Malone.

Something new this year is a Facebook page, which encourages people to share photos of Santa Claus Hill trees after they've been decorated.

All these holiday decorations don't just magically appear at Christmas time. The family works all year round to plant and care for the trees growing at Santa Claus Hill. Each tree has to be trimmed yearly, and guarded against insect damage. New trees are planted each year. Carl Rollins says seedlings pulled up in the woods nearby grow better than nursery stock. He also grows some Colorado blue spruce and white spruce (also known as cat spruce, better as an outdoor Christmas tree). The trees are sold in various sizes, and grow for 10 to 12 years before they are ready for cutting.

If you feel like taking a road trip this Christmas, Santa Claus Hill is only 34 miles north of Lincoln on Route 2a. Watch for the sign on your right. Until you can get there yourself, CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow.

In the video below, Irene Malone fashions a beautiful Christmas wreath, and Christmas trees are shaken and put through the baler. - video by Lee Rand

- Story by Connie Rand

Penobscot Valley Hospital Tree Lighting

December 6 - A large crowd gathered in the parking lot at Penobscot Valley Hospital this evening for the annual tree lighting ceremony, put on by the hospital's auxilliary. Mrs. Kinkaide's students entertained with some Christmas Carols while the tree lights brightened the night, then everyone went inside to share the music with patients and enjoy some holiday goodies.

LP&T holds annual Christmas party


December 2 -Every Christmas since we started the Lincoln area website, we've been privileged to be invited to what is the largest Christmas party in Lincoln- the LP&T Annual Christmas Party. This year was no exception, as once again we attended this annual event this afternoon at the local high school. It truly was a FUN time!! Of course, Santa and the Mrs were there and there was plenty of holiday fare to go around - all sweet and tasty, but I controlled myself! 
The children all met the chubby one and then enjoyed all kinds of fun and games in the gymnasium. What a grand affair the mill puts on for the kids! Oh, to be so young again!, but we enjoyed being there just as much as the kids. To see their expressions and watch the fun they were having really adds to our joy of the season. Our photographs can't come close to expressing what we saw this afternoon but we hope you like viewing them. The annual mill party has been a tradition for many many years. Originally it was held in the movie theatre on Main Street. Btw, if anyone has any photos of those parties from years ago, please contact us!
Again, a special THANK YOU to the management of Lincoln Paper & Tissue for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful event once again.
To view the photos we took today, just CLICK HERE!
- Lee Rand

Large crowd braves cold temps to see Lincoln's Christmas parade

December 1 - It may have been 21 degrees in downtown Lincoln tonight, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from lining Main Street to watch Lincoln's annual Christmas parade. Fire engines, ponies, Scouts and floats aplenty lit up the street to the delight of all. Santa's sleigh this evening was a vintage fire truck! The crowd stayed around for some carols and the lighting of the town's official Christmas tree in Veterans Memorial Square. For a slideshow, CLICK HERE.

For our parade video, CLICK HERE.

More than 200 have breakfast with Santa in Lincoln!

December 1 - Santa's elves were busy serving pancakes to more than 200 hungry people at the Town of Lincoln's annual Breakfast with Santa at Mattanawcook Academy. The M.A.D. E. Dancers provided entertainment, and Santa visited with the kids. The Christmas season is in full swing, with more events planned for later today. CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow. Merry Christmas, everyone!

November 20 - The official Town of Lincoln 2012 Christmas tree was put up in Veterans Memorial Square today! The tree was donated by Dr. & Mrs. Dumont.

Lincoln Marine Detachment #976 Toys for Tots update

Left to right: Jon Marquis and Jessica Marquis of Your Family Worship Center in Millinocket, with Toys for Tots Coordinator Sonny Goodwin

If your child's school did not send a letter from the Marine Toys for Tots program, all children from birth to age 16 are covered if you have need this Christmas (one application per family - only the parents or legal guardian where the children live).

Toys for Tots supplies Howland, Seboeis, Passadumkeag, Maxfield, Lowell, Burlington, Enfield, West Enfield, Grand Falls, Lincoln, Millinocket, East Millinocket, Medway, Chester, Mattawamkeag, Woodville, Springfield, Prentiss, Topsfield, Webster Plantation, Lagrange, Greenbush, Carroll, Kingman, Lee, Macwahoc and Winn.

The application deadline is December 4th at 5 pm. Call 794-3372 or 794-3455 to apply, and you will be called after December 10th, so please be patient and give an accurate phone number to reach you. You will be assigned a dstributor, and you will work with them to get your gifts. Two open days will be the last application days and applications will be filled from what is left on December 16-17 from 9 am to 8 pm. at the Lincoln Subway office, then Toys for Tots will close for clean up for this year. If your child has a legal disability please make sure the person taking your application knows this and what it is, which will help fill your gifts better. All applications are private.

If you have questions, please call 794-3455.

Just a few of the toys collected by Toys for Tots!

For coverage of last year's Christmas events, CLICK HERE.


Our Christmas gift to you!

Christmas in Maine, by Robert P. Tristram Coffin, written in 1942. 

Click here to read the book in PDF format.

"I just wanted to thank you for posting a copy of Coffin’s A Christmas in Maine online. I lived near Lubec for three years once and sorely miss the scent of peat and fir and icy snow, as well as the sound of the cracking ice on the bay in the winter. I’ve “searched the world over” for a copy of that book and haven’t found it yet. Thank you for making my holiday!" - Warm regards, Erin O’Connor

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