Kids’ Almanac (Dec. 19-26)

Waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve at the Village Green in Woodstock (photo by Dion Ogust)

Waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve at the Village Green in Woodstock (photo by Dion Ogust)

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”
– Rabindranath Tagore


On my mind

Saugerties Mom Nadia Parola shared this great tip: “I love getting Christmas cards. I just saw on Pinterest that if you take a picture of the photo on the cards you receive, you can save it as their contact picture on your phone. I love that idea; this way you can see the pictures all year long!”


In case you missed this week’s ticket deadline for December 19’s Discover New York Skiing $12-to-$25 lift/rental/lesson specials, you can still preorder for the January 9 event. Check out for more information.

The Parent Teacher Store, located at 63 North Front Street in Kingston, is closing its doors after 22 years. Stop in for final farewells and storewide discounts up to 50 percent until Friday, December 20. The other two stories in Poughkeepsie and Latham will remain open. For more information, call (845) 339-1442 or visit

Register now for SUNY-New Paltz’s Saturday Arts Lab spring semester, with a cool variety of classes for youth from kindergarten through high school. Call (845) 257-3580 or visit for more information.


Holiday happenings

Scrooged movie, Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Ulster Performing Arts Center at 601 Broadway in Kingston. All seats cost $6, costumed Christmas spirits get in free. (845) 339-6088,

A Christmas Carol, Friday, December 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 21 at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck at 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck. Tickets cost $20. (845) 876-3080,

Elizabeth Mitchell’s The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs in and out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook record release celebration, Friday, December 20 at 8 p.m. at the Levon Helm Studios at 160 Plochmann Lane in Woodstock; tickets cost $25.

64th annual Living Nativity, Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21 at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. at the Old Dutch Church at 272 Wall Street in Kingston. (845) 338-6759,

Mistletoe Mouse, Saturday, December 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site at 75 Mills Mansion Road in Staatsburg. For ages 6 to 12 years, make mistletoe mouse houses; the cost is $5 per child. Reservations are strongly recommended. (845) 889-8851,

Reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas and Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m. at the Cragsmoor Stone Church at 280 Henry Road in Cragsmoor, for ages 10 and older. Admission costs $8. (845) 647-6487,

Bilingual Christmas Service, Sunday, December 22 at 6 p.m., Milton-Marlboro United MethodistChurch at 112 Church Street in Milton. (845) 795-2302,



Children’s Presentation, Sunday, December 22, 10 a.m. at Christ the KingChurch at 2 Eugene Brown Drive in New Paltz. (845) 256-8480,

Holy Eucharist and Christmas Pageant, Sunday, December 22, 10 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 207 Albany Avenue in Kingston. (845) 331-2252,

Cantata and Christmas Pageant, Sunday, December 22 at 10 a.m. at the Overlook United MethodistChurch at 233 Tinker Street in Woodstock. (845) 679-6800,

Sunday School Christmas Program, Sunday, December 22 at 4 p.m. at Our SaviorLutheranChurch at 1400 Route 52 in Fishkill. (845) 418-OSLC,