By Mike Lauterborn
(for Fairfield Citizen News)
Fairfield, CT – The pancakes were slung by the serving counter with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
Indeed, parishioners and parents of children that attend the nursery school at Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church at 1089 Fairfield Woods Road got their wish Saturday morning when the jolly fellow put in an appearance at the facility’s annual pancake breakfast. With Mrs. Claus by his side and dressed all in fur, through the back door he came with a bound and hearty “Ho, ho, ho!”
The breakfast, initiated a quarter century ago by long-time church members Peter and Jan Trifiatis, also offered eggs and sausage, as well as a craft workshop for children, who worked like little elves to make ornaments, tabletop decorations and prepare reindeer snacks.
Besides the social nature of the event, the breakfast served a more noble cause: unwrapped toys and donations were being accepted to benefit the church mission and needy local families.
“The breakfast captures the spirit of the holidays, and giving, loving spirit of Fairfield Grace,” shared Karen Price, the Director of the Fellowship Team and the breakfast coordinator.
The spacious Fellowship Hall, with a Christmas tree and donations counter at one end, families chatting and eating together, and the busy kitchen, certainly communicated all that and more.