The spirit of the Christmas season was alive and well this past week-end around Mille Lacs. Santa made appearances in a number of venues. Bake sales featuring Christmas cookies and seasonal breads were abundant, and several area clubs sponsored gift sales where children could purchase Christmas presents for their loved ones for just one dollar. In Onamia on Dec. 6, hundreds of patrons attended the annual bake sale by the local Methodist church coinciding with the Onamia Lions gift sale and an appearance from Santa staged at the Onamia Elementary School. The following day, Mr. and Mrs. Claus showed up at the Depot Library in Onamia where children could get a free picture with Santa and hear Mrs. Claus reading books. Each child received a juice box and some holiday sweets. That same afternoon, the Richardson Township Lakes Area Lion’s Club hosted their annual “Santa’s Workshop” for kids at Club of the Pines near Hillman. Children were allowed to buy presents for their friends for one dollar, have them gift-wrapped by Santa’s elves, receive a complimentary tree ornament, meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods. In Isle, last Saturday, Santa also made an appearance as part of Christmas in the Park. Families gathered in Garrison to welcome the season with festivities at the Garrison Community Center and The Beanery Cafe and Roastery.