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Nature preserve to hold annual holiday celebration

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

At the end of every year, local residents can usually count on certain holiday traditions to continue.

Such traditions might include cities putting up their Christmas light displays, churches performing midnight services on Christmas Eve, or even "Doorbuster" holiday sales taking place at stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

One such tradition is the W.H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve's, free-to-attend, Annual Yule Log Celebration -- and it is about to happen again.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department has announced the celebration, which has been held every year for more than 20 years, will be held on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., at the preserve, which is located at 5665 Reynolds Road, in Morrow.

"The evening will be complete with attending children searching a wooded hillside for the fabled Yule Log," Clayton County Parks and Recreation officials said in a written statement. The "Yule Log" in question is a cedar log that is wrapped in a red ribbon and bow.

This year's celebration is scheduled to feature a performance by the Forest Park High School orchestra, face painting, ornament-making sessions, and refreshments. In past years, in an effort to be environmentally friendly, preserve officials have encouraged people to bring their own mugs, to hold drinks provided by the preserve, as part of the refreshments.

Attendees will also be invited to walk down a candle-lit trail to a bonfire, where local storyteller, Barry Mann, will entertain them with holiday stories.

Children will be invited to search for the Yule Log after Mann finishes telling his stories.

A shuttle service will be available to transport people to the preserve, from a parking area at nearby G.P. Babb Middle School, which is located at 5500 Reynolds Road, in Forest Park, according to Clayton County Parks and Recreation officials.

For more information about the Yule Log Celebration, call the Reynolds Nature Preserve at (770) 603-4188.