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Reindeer at Jefferson Pointe help bring joy to families in The Fort

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Christmas is coming soon and Jefferson Pointe had the holiday spirit Saturday evening where two reindeer were there for families to meet. 

Their names are Candy Cane and Lump of Coal. 

While it's been a very difficult year for everyone, Fort Wayne's NBC talked with a couple families who say it brought them a lot of the holiday joy. 

“This is our third year,” visitor Chris Baut said. “We've come out ever since she (his daughter) was born so it's kind of a tradition now." 

A holiday tradition that Baut and his family say they hope to continue.

Baut's daughter Dawson was excited to see the reindeer and because of that, Baut told Fort Wayne's NBC that seeing his daughter happy got him into the Christmas spirit. 

"I think it was just exciting,” Baut said. “On the way here, she gets older she gets more excited and more into the traditions and everything. I think it gets us into the Christmas spirit to because it gets her excited." 

Santa's Live Reindeer will be at Jefferson Pointe every Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. until December 19th

Caretaker Joni Cripe said this event is very special to her. Because of the pandemic, she said some of her other events like this were force to cancel, and she's glad this event was still a go. 

"Oh, it's just the best feeling ever.” Cripe said. “All the work we do all year long especially with the reindeer using them only 5 to 6 weeks of the year this makes up for it... just to see and the smiles to see how excited the kids are is really rewarding." 

Those smiles were definitely seen on Lauri Thomas's family. 

"The boys get to see the reindeer every year and have fun with it." Thomas said. 

Both families told Fort Wayne's NBC the holiday joy was a little more special after a difficult year. 

"I try to make it fun for them (her kids), try to keep things as normal as possible especially with everything that's going on right now.” Thomas said. 

Baut also agreed with Thomas. 

"To be able to have this experience with my daughters and be able to bring this to them I kind of have that excitement and joy and I don't know how you can replace that." Baut said. 

 Organizers say there will be something special on Christmas Eve. 

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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