Christmas is quickly approaching and Ahwatukee Preschool, located at Mountain View Lutheran Church, will be hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa for all of Ahwatukee to enjoy.

Breakfast with Santa has been a tradition at the preschool, dating back nearly 15 years, where they serve a continental breakfast which includes eggs, sausage and pancakes, for their families at the school and members of the community.

Director Diane Fitzsimons said during Breakfast with Santa, children are able to spend time with Santa as long as they want and enjoy participating in six different arts and crafts workshops.

There will also be a performance by the Desert Vista High School Choir Group and small groups will be caroling.

Individuals interested in attending Breakfast with Santa will pay a $6 fee or $20 for their entire family.

Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9-11 a.m. at Ahwatukee Preschool, 11002 S. 48th St.

Ahwatukee Preschool will also be hosting its annual Gingerbread House event, where parents are invited to the school to build gingerbread houses with their children.

This is one of the preschool’s oldest traditions, dating back 33 years ago when the school first opened, and Fitzsimons believes it’s one of the most favored.

Being that the gingerbread houses are made out of marine-coated powder, Fitzsimons said many of the parents tend to keep the gingerbread houses as mementos of the holiday season.

Many of the students enjoy the annual tradition because it gives them a chance to be able to work side-by-side with their parents on completing their gingerbread house.

“It’s nice to have things that happen all the time, no matter what. We have a lot going on, but we have certain traditions that we just do,” she said.

The tradition also plays as a good opportunity for parents to mingle among one other and get to know each other.

“A lot of our lives are so hectic that they come in, drop off their children and have to run. This is an opportunity for everyone in the class to talk to each other to find out what’s going on, or talk about their children,” Fitzsimons said. “It’s a chance to be able to reconnect with one another and have adult, children relationship going on.”

The Gingerbread House event takes place during two different days, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13.

For more information about the two events, call (480) 893-2531.

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