December: Frosty, recorders, presents & hugs

Happy new year! I hope all of you, my blog readers, will have a 2014 full of unexpected blessings. In the meantime, here are my favorite photos from December for your viewing pleasure.

Frosty joins Santa, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and local politicians for an annual tree-lighting ceremony outside St. Michael Church in Rochester Dec. 5. Children from a nearby child-care center and students from Schools 9 and 20 were also in the audience.

Frosty joins Santa, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and local politicians for an annual tree-lighting ceremony outside St. Michael Church in Rochester Dec. 5. Children from a nearby child-care center and students from Schools 9 and 20 were also in the audience.

Fifth grader Jose Cruz, center, practices the recorder with classmates from School 20 before the tree lighting ceremony.

Fifth grader Jose Cruz, center, practices the recorder with classmates from School 20 before the tree lighting ceremony.

Dressed as Santa Claus, Ray Santana from Penfield holds 4-year-old Ariel Hightower during the tree lighting ceremony.

Dressed as Santa Claus, Ray Santana from Penfield holds 4-year-old Ariel Hightower during the tree lighting ceremony.

Choir members watch as Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark celebrates the eucharist during Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester Dec. 15. Built in 1909, the church has a Polish heritage.

Choir members watch as Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark celebrates the eucharist during Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester Dec. 15. Built in 1909, the church has a Polish heritage.

Children dressed in traditional Polish costumes line up next to Knights of Columbus before processing down the aisle at the beginning of Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester Dec. 15. As part of the Mass, a stained glass window was dedicated in memory of Tomasz Kaczowka, who was shot and killed while responding to a fire with the West Webster Fire Department on Dec. 24, 2012.

Children dressed in traditional Polish costumes line up next to Knights of Columbus before processing down the aisle at the beginning of Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester Dec. 15. As part of the Mass, a stained glass window was dedicated in memory of Tomasz Kaczowka, who was shot and killed while responding to a fire with the West Webster Fire Department on Dec. 24, 2012.

Seventeen-year-olds Toni Peggi, left, and Robert Doleman sort food into bags at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Greece Dec. 8. Parishioners expected to distribute about 75 food bags with items for breakfast, lunch and dinner to families in need before Christmas.

Seventeen-year-olds Toni Peggi, left, and Robert Doleman sort food into bags at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Greece Dec. 8. Parishioners expected to distribute about 75 food bags with items for breakfast, lunch and dinner to families in need before Christmas.

Christmas presents picked out by Tina Louk during the Christmas Blessings project at Holy Apostles Church in Rochester wait to be brought home to 5-year-old Jonathan.

Christmas presents picked out by Tina Louk during the Christmas Blessings project at Holy Apostles Church in Rochester wait to be brought home to 5-year-old Jonathan.

Tina Louk, right, hugs Suzanne Robinson after Robinson helped her to wrap Christmas presents she picked out for her son and other relatives Dec. 19 at Holy Apostles Church in Rochester. Over 80 families in need received gifts and food as part of the parish's Christmas Blessings project.

Tina Louk, right, hugs Suzanne Robinson after Robinson helped her to wrap Christmas presents she picked out for her son and other relatives Dec. 19 at Holy Apostles Church in Rochester. Over 80 families in need received gifts and food as part of the parish’s Christmas Blessings project.