who is a fan of the Polar Express movie knows that the First Gift of
Christmas is a bell from Santa's sleigh. It is a simple gift but one
that carries so much meaning and importance for so many people all over
Jackson County's annual Christmas in the Sky event
at Longview Lake in Lee's Summit, Mo., Santa Claus made an appearance
and presented the First Gift of Christmas -- a bell from Santa's sleigh
to Payton, a young boy who had a particularly difficult year, losing his
father and coming to live with his grandparents.
Presenting the First Gift of Christmas to
Payton started a popular, new tradition. Now, the night before
Thanksgiving each year at Christmas in the Sky, a very deserving child
receives the First Gift of Christmas. Our complete list of recipients
can be found on the left side of our homepage.
We must take a moment to thank a few people. First, many thanks to
Jackson County Parks + Rec, Director Michele Newman and Event
Coordinator Marcy Caldwell for allowing Santa Claus to fly in each year
for a special appearance and for allowing the Jolly Old Elf to present
the First Gift of Christmas to some wonderful children. Special thanks
to the Park Rangers, who make sure Santa has a place to land his sleigh
and for transporting him safely in and out of the park each year.
A very special thank you to Elf Christina, who works in conjunction with
Magical Bells to produce Santa's sleigh bells each
year. Christina donates many of her bells for charitable causes across
the country. She is the embodiment of the true Spirit of Christmas.
We hope to see you all at Christmas in the Sky 2017, at Longview Lake,
near Lee's Summit, Mo., on Nov. 22, with gates opening at 5 p.m.