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All Angels Church celebrates annual Breakfast with Santa event

BREAKFAST VISIT: For more than 30 years, Santa has had breakfast at All Angels Episcopal Church and this year was no exception as he and Mrs. Claus stopped by on Dec. 7 for the annual Breakfast with Santa event.
BREAKFAST VISIT: For more than 30 years, Santa has had breakfast at All Angels Episcopal Church and this year was no exception as he and Mrs. Claus stopped by on Dec. 7 for the annual Breakfast with Santa event.
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River Cities Gazette

Some Miami Springs traditions have been going on so long that no one can recall when they started. Breakfast with Santa and other Christmas activities at All Angels Episcopal Church have been going on for at least 30 years, maybe more.

Nevertheless, the weather was perfect on Saturday, Dec. 7 for breakfast and photos with Santa, bounce houses, slides, rock climbing, teacup rides, miniature train rides, face painting, cotton candy, gift booths and a book fair.

The event is organized by the All Angels Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and countless teachers and parents make sure everything runs smoothly.

Ray Newlands, aka The Short Chef, has overseen the kitchen for years and continues to do so although his son no longer attends the school because he moved on to MSSH.

“I’m indebted to this school,” said Newlands, “for the education they gave my son.” 

Terry Alexander, academic dean of the school, has been taking part in the activity for 12 years.

“It has turned into a huge community event for us,” said Alexander. “It’s not only for the school but for people from all over. We have people from Doral and Hialeah. It’s wonderful to see the kids having a good time and taking pictures with Santa.”

Pastor Susan Keedy said, “It’s been a wonderful year. We’ve had more people than I can ever recall.”

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