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Cocoa is Flatbush tree-lighting’s brightest star

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Kids love Santa: Young Skye Mcfarlane met Santa and Jingles the Elf at the day of Christmas fun.
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Tunes of the season: DJ Selector Hazzy played some Christmas music, including “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
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Festive spirit: Milka Blot gets into the holiday spirit as she gets her face painted by Jingles the Elf.
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Holiday lights: Mark, left, and his son Christian warm up with a cup of hot chocolate as they admire the glowing tree.
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Man of the hour: The Almansoob brothers — Tariq, Sanad, Mahmoud, and Othman — got to meet Santa and his elf ahead of Flatbush Reformed Church’s tree lighting on Dec. 10.

It’s a beloved holiday tradition!

Dozens came out to the Flatbush Reformed Church’s tree-lighting in East Flatbush on Dec. 10.

Folks jammed to popular Christmas melodies, talked to Santa, and had their faces painted. The tree was lit, but the cocoa was the real hit, attendees said.

“Everything was really nice, but we liked the drinks,” said Stephanie Royer, who stumbled upon the event with her young sister. “We got our faces painted but we liked the hot cocoa.”

The sisters enjoyed the hot beverage so much that they almost went for seconds, but they did not want to look too gluttonous, said Royer.

“We were going to go back for seconds but we didn’t want to look too greedy,” she said.

Another local family stayed for a short time — but they did stick around long for the time-honored beverage.

“It was a bit cold, and we didn’t want to stay out too long but they gave us hot cocoa,” said Guillermo Jimenez, who came with his 6-year–old daughter Isabel.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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