Even though this holiday season looked a little different for many of us, with no large gatherings, no sitting on Santa’s lap, and a quieter Christmas than many of us might have liked, the Christmas spirit was still alive and well in our communities. Here’s to a healthier, safer New Year.

Rebecca and Brett Smith sold their handicrafts at ‘Christmas in Elgin’ at the Elgin Club on December 5. COVID precautions included limiting the event to only 16 vendors and a mask requirement. “We appreciate everyone coming out,” said Rebecca, “because it will help keep the lights on.” This was the first event at the Elgin Club since February. Photo by Marion Vendituoli
Second grader Jet Thomas poses as an elf at the Elgin School.
The event “Timeless Carols” was held at Sonoita Hills Community Church December 6. Approximately 40 attendees, spaced at least six feet apart, enjoyed musicians and vocalists Ruth Rauch and Arlie Rauch’s concert of classic Christmas carols.
Fire trucks, illuminated with Christmas lights, paraded through Patagonia on December 18. Photo by Robert Gay
Santa arrived at the Sonoita Fairgrounds on Dec. 19, greeting children from up on a tractor to maintain safe social distance. The children could then pick up a gift from tables loaded with 200 presents. Photo by Marion Vendituoli
These homes in Patagonia were among several that displayed elaborate Christmas decorations and lights throughout Eastern Santa Cruz County. Photo by Lynn Davison
Photo by Robert Gay
Photo by Robert Gay