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  • Arlington Heights firefighter EJ Mampe, right, and firefighter Stu Kuhn, center, and his daughter Abbey, 8, pack up bags filled with complete holiday meals at Mariano's Fresh Market in Arlington Heights Christmas Eve.

       Arlington Heights firefighter EJ Mampe, right, and firefighter Stu Kuhn, center, and his daughter Abbey, 8, pack up bags filled with complete holiday meals at Mariano's Fresh Market in Arlington Heights Christmas Eve.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Arlington Heights firefighter Stu Kuhn and his daughter Abbey, 8, both far right, take holiday meals and groceries from Mariano's Fresh Market in Arlington Heights to be delivered to needy families on Christmas Eve.

       Arlington Heights firefighter Stu Kuhn and his daughter Abbey, 8, both far right, take holiday meals and groceries from Mariano's Fresh Market in Arlington Heights to be delivered to needy families on Christmas Eve.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Katrina Kuhn, 11, of Arlington Heights, helps the Arlington Heights Fire Department, members of local 3105, and fire department administration load meals to be delivered Christmas Eve.

       Katrina Kuhn, 11, of Arlington Heights, helps the Arlington Heights Fire Department, members of local 3105, and fire department administration load meals to be delivered Christmas Eve.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church held Christmas carols and hand bell music before mass on Christmas Eve in Gurnee.

       St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church held Christmas carols and hand bell music before mass on Christmas Eve in Gurnee.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Joe Perry plays the trumpet during Christmas carols at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Gurnee Christmas Eve.

       Joe Perry plays the trumpet during Christmas carols at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Gurnee Christmas Eve.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church held mass with Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago George Rassas in Gurnee on Christmas Eve.

       St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church held mass with Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago George Rassas in Gurnee on Christmas Eve.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Maddie Loeffler, front left, portrays Mary, Josue Aguilar, portrays Joseph and Hannah Rose, portrays an angel in the living nativity scene at United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights Chrismtas Eve.

      Maddie Loeffler, front left, portrays Mary, Josue Aguilar, portrays Joseph and Hannah Rose, portrays an angel in the living nativity scene at United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights Chrismtas Eve.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Becky Hornbeck and her granddaughter, Luka Bajlovic, are all smiles during the Christmas Eve service at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville Friday.

       Becky Hornbeck and her granddaughter, Luka Bajlovic, are all smiles during the Christmas Eve service at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville Friday.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • Sophia Scharosch, 10, and Mark Froelich take part in the Christmas Eve service at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville Friday.

       Sophia Scharosch, 10, and Mark Froelich take part in the Christmas Eve service at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville Friday.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • Cherub Choir members participate in a Christmas Eve service at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva.

       Cherub Choir members participate in a Christmas Eve service at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Children are blessed by Pastor Dr. Paris Donehoo during a Christmas Eve service at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Elgin.

       Children are blessed by Pastor Dr. Paris Donehoo during a Christmas Eve service at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Elgin.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • A holiday ornament is covered in snow on a home along Home Ave. on Christmas Day in Palatine.

       A holiday ornament is covered in snow on a home along Home Ave. on Christmas Day in Palatine.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Terry Countryman snow plows his neighbor's sidewalk along Garden Ave. in Palatine Christmas Day. "My Christmas present this year was the snow," said Countryman. "I hate the cold but I love the snow."

       Terry Countryman snow plows his neighbor's sidewalk along Garden Ave. in Palatine Christmas Day. "My Christmas present this year was the snow," said Countryman. "I hate the cold but I love the snow."
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • A palamino named Doc shows off his Santa hat while pasture mates munch on hay at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas day. What started as a fun idea to see if the horses would keep the hats on has now turned into a six-year tradition, says one owner, Dennis Nastali of Sleepy Hollow.

       A palamino named Doc shows off his Santa hat while pasture mates munch on hay at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas day. What started as a fun idea to see if the horses would keep the hats on has now turned into a six-year tradition, says one owner, Dennis Nastali of Sleepy Hollow.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Link, owner of Uncle Bub's Restaurant in Westmont, helps Tony Martin Jr., of Westmont, make his selections during Christmas day buffet which was proviede to 300 people at his restaurant.

       Mark Link, owner of Uncle Bub's Restaurant in Westmont, helps Tony Martin Jr., of Westmont, make his selections during Christmas day buffet which was proviede to 300 people at his restaurant.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Restaurant employee Vicky Cordova, right and her children Elvis Barrios, left, and Melanie Barrios, center volunteer their time to get the desert cakes ready to serve at Uncle Bub's restaurant in Westmont Christmas day.

       Restaurant employee Vicky Cordova, right and her children Elvis Barrios, left, and Melanie Barrios, center volunteer their time to get the desert cakes ready to serve at Uncle Bub's restaurant in Westmont Christmas day.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Charlie Brown and his wife, Alice, of Geneva finish a version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with gusto at the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Saturday.

       Charlie Brown and his wife, Alice, of Geneva finish a version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with gusto at the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Saturday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Cole Hemmes, 7, of Batavia gets help from dad Kimo Hemmes while filling his plate at the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Christmas day.

       Cole Hemmes, 7, of Batavia gets help from dad Kimo Hemmes while filling his plate at the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Christmas day.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • More than 50 people were in attendance for the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Saturday.

       More than 50 people were in attendance for the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Saturday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Pedro Santana, left of Houston, Texas, joins the Radcliff family from Ohio from left, Brandon, Ryan, Debbie, and Bob as they enjoy pizza for lunch at Sarpino's Pizzeria in Riverwoods. The family was participating in the Adopt-A-Sailor program from Great Lakes Naval Base on Christmas Day.

       Pedro Santana, left of Houston, Texas, joins the Radcliff family from Ohio from left, Brandon, Ryan, Debbie, and Bob as they enjoy pizza for lunch at Sarpino's Pizzeria in Riverwoods. The family was participating in the Adopt-A-Sailor program from Great Lakes Naval Base on Christmas Day.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Manor Care resident Deb Brons, right, pets Josie, a special needs puppy, held by Lisa Severini, 12, of Gurnee as Libertyville's Animal Education and Rescue supporters brought their pets to greet residents in Libertyville Christmas Day.

       Manor Care resident Deb Brons, right, pets Josie, a special needs puppy, held by Lisa Severini, 12, of Gurnee as Libertyville's Animal Education and Rescue supporters brought their pets to greet residents in Libertyville Christmas Day.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Sandy, a dumbo rat, nibbles on a cracker given as a gift by a Manor Care resident during a visit by Libertyville's Animal Education and Rescue in Libertyville on Christmas day.

       Sandy, a dumbo rat, nibbles on a cracker given as a gift by a Manor Care resident during a visit by Libertyville's Animal Education and Rescue in Libertyville on Christmas day.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Manor Care resident Cecilia Zemnick pets Binky held by volunteer Corey Brinson of Waukegan Christmas day in Libertyville.

       Manor Care resident Cecilia Zemnick pets Binky held by volunteer Corey Brinson of Waukegan Christmas day in Libertyville.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 

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