2015 holiday season

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Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion

A plastic Christmas tree stands in the main cafeteria of the Wildwood Correctional Complex as yellow-suited inmates line up for dinner on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

The staff at Central Emergency Services gathered at the Soldotna station for Christmas but were ready to go at a moment's notice, with the engines running outside. However, there was only one callout on Christmas day by mid-afternoon.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

Firefighters Matt Seizy (front) and Nate Nelson (back) took on the task of dividing up the turkeys for the joint Central Emergency Services dinner Christmas Day.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

Firefighter Nate Nelson prepares the turkey for the joint Central Emergency Services Christmas dinner Friday afternoon. The volunteers and staff from the various stations and their families come to the Soldotna station and share in a holiday meal.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

The firefighters on shift at the Kenai Fire Department on Christmas Day had a quiet day — thankfully, they said. There was only one callout by mid-afternoon, and it was cancelled halfway there.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

The firefighters on shift at the Kenai Fire Department on Christmas Day had a quiet day — thankfully, they said. There was only one callout by mid-afternoon, and it was cancelled halfway there.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

(left) Jay Kane and Kole McCaughey manned Nikiski Fire Station 1 on Christmas Day. Usually, Christmas Day is pretty slow, and the two had plans to make a ham to celebrate.
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Riding a haywagon through residental Kenai, Mountain View Elementary Principal Karl Kircher, left, students, community members and staff went caroling through a nieghborhood near their school before warming up at a bonfire with hotdogs and hot chocolate on Dec. 11, 2015 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Children pose with Santa Claus under the Conoco Philips-sponsored Soldotna Christmas tree lights on Dec. 5 in Soldotna Creek Park.
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Crash the reindeer nibbles on a hay bale while a child speaks to Santa outside Alaska First Insurance on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Hundreds turned out to watch a fireworks display at the end of Christmas Comes to Kenai festivities on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

An unusually warm rain greeted Santa as he rolled into the Kenai Visitor Center Nov. 27 for the annual Christmas Comes to Kenai event.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

Volunteers set up a bonfire in the front lawn of the Kenai Visitor Center and fed it with donated pallets for the community to stand around, listening to carolers from the Kenai Performers and watch the annual fireworks display at the end of the Christmas Comes to Kenai event Nov 27.
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Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion

Paige Kroto, 2, makes friends with Crash the reindeer at the Klimpke family's Christmas light display on Wednesday while her brother Adam Kroto, 4, looks on in Nikiski, Alaska.
 

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