• First graders from Fort Rucker Elementary School perform Christmas songs for parents and children during the Picerne Military Housing's annual Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Rucker-Picerne Partners building Dec. 9. Families had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa Claus in addition to watching Christmas movies, making crafts and having free cookies and milk.

    Children enjoy milk, cookies with Santa

    First graders from Fort Rucker Elementary School perform Christmas songs for parents and children during the Picerne Military Housing's annual Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Rucker-Picerne Partners building Dec. 9. Families had the opportunity to...

  • Maggie Gore, 8 months, gets her picture taken with Santa Claus for the first time at Picerne Military Housing's annual Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Rucker-Picerne Partners Building Dec. 9. Attendees also had the opportunity to make crafts, watch Christmas movies and hear Christmas stories.

    Children enjoy milk, cookies with Santa

    Maggie Gore, 8 months, gets her picture taken with Santa Claus for the first time at Picerne Military Housing's annual Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Rucker-Picerne Partners Building Dec. 9. Attendees also had the opportunity to make crafts, watch...

  • Tammy Sanders, Picerne Military Housing relocation specialist, reads a Christmas story to a group of children during Picerne's annual Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Rucker-Picerne Partners Building Dec. 9.

    Children enjoy milk, cookies with Santa

    Tammy Sanders, Picerne Military Housing relocation specialist, reads a Christmas story to a group of children during Picerne's annual Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Rucker-Picerne Partners Building Dec. 9.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Children and parents heard the sounds of sleigh bells and jolly laughter as they had milk and cookies with Santa Claus Dec. 9 at the Rucker-Picerne Partners building.

The annual event gives Families a chance to have free pictures taken with Santa, enjoy milk and cookies and get into the holiday spirit with crafts, holiday films and story readings.

"All of the (Picerne Military Housing) staff looks forward to putting this together every year," said Emily Natalio, Picerne Military Housing communications specialist. "Everyone really had a great time."

Several children attending the event were experiencing their first Christmas celebration. Staff Sgt. Shelton Gore, 6th Military Police Detachment, and his wife, Willette, brought their 8-month-old daughter, Maggie, to have her picture made with Santa.

As Maggie sat on Santa's lap for her picture, she was all smiles. After a quick tug on Santa's beard, she turned to her mother and the camera for the picture.

Gore said the experience was a little tense at first but things worked out better than he could have expected.

"I was kind of nervous for her, but she did great," he said. "It went really well."

The event was also a first for Picerne's new communications manager, Brandon Masters. He said he was impressed by the number of people who turned out and how smoothly everything went.

"There's a lot for Families to do and it's been amazing watching it all come together," Masters said. "It's also a great opportunity for Families to get photos to send to Family in other states or overseas."

Those who had pictures taken and want digital copies should e-mail their photo number and name to santa@picernemh.com with the subject line "Santa Photo."

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