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Christmas Celebration



By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

  It’s the most magical time of the year…Licking will be holding its Christmas celebration Sat., Dec. 1.
There will be something to see and do for those of all ages beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day until 6 p.m.
  For those wishing to get started with that Christmas list or to finish their holiday shopping, visit the annual Christmas Craft Sale at the VFW Hall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. There truly will be something special available for family and friends, such as baked goods, homemade candy or homemade soaps. For the children, young and old, there will be primitive and reconditioned toys, play mats and rag dolls. T-shirts, scarfs, crocheted hats & shawls, hair bows, jewelry, totes, purses, cups and journals are always appreciated.
  If you’re looking for home décor or something useful for the home you might shop the homemade or rag rugs, blankets, runners, embroidery creations, quilts, glass art, crochet items, primitive décor, mason jar décor, painted jars, wooden plaques, tea towels and potholders. Handcrafted signs, wood-burnings, lariat baskets, fabric crafts, wooden crafts, paper crafts, and tin ware are unique gifts. To enhance the holiday spirit there will be vendors offering an array of glass snowmen, lanterns, Christmas ornaments, wreaths, candles, stockings, paper and crocheted snowflakes and religious items.
  Licking Downtown will also have a booth featuring the 2019 Licking calendars, t-shirts and hoodies. The Licking Chamber of Commerce will be taking toy giveaway registrations from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for children aged infant through 12 years. Chili and homemade chicken and dumplings will be available for purchase to curb hunger pangs thanks to the VFW Auxiliary.
  Raffle 4 Lennox tickets will be sold for a Compass Rifle until 5:30 p.m., when the drawing will take place. The raffle is being held to raise funds for food, gas, and other expenses related to the early birth of Lennox ReVelle on Oct. 8th. Tickets are now available at TJ’s Flowers and Sullins Gun & Pawn.
  A much-anticipated visitor arrives at the VFW Hall at 11 a.m. when Santa Claus makes his appearance and will be available for children’s wish lists and photos until 1 p.m. Photos will be $1 each.
  Make sure to stop by the Texas County Museum of Art and History for the ever-popular “Cookies by the Pound” sale which runs 12  – 5 p.m. or until the cookies are all gone. It’s a yummy great deal at $4.50 per lb. You might want to get there early to choose from the large assortment. Donations of HOMEMADE cookies are greatly appreciated and all proceeds benefit the museum. While you’re at the museum be sure to take the kids to the Book Nook in the back room of the museum where the Friends of the Licking Library will be hosting a book giveaway for young ones, ages preschool through 12th grade. Children must be present to pick a book. Everyone has a chance to stock up on reading material for the winter holidays and vacations as all books at the Book Nook will be $1.00 per bag. All museum activities are from 12 – 5 p.m.
  The Licking Chamber of Commerce Toy Giveaway will be held at the Licking Mill from 2 – 3 p.m., with Santa officiating the festivities. Mill tours will take place from 3 – 3:30 p.m.
  “Music Notes and Holiday Floats” will parade down Main St. at 4 p.m. There will be two categories for prize money, religious and non-religious. Float participants will need to be at the high school parking lot for line-up at 3 p.m.
  Be sure to make your way back to the mill at 5 p.m. for the Lighting of the Mill. Following the lighting ceremony, there will be cookies, cocoa and caroling with Santa when he again makes an appearance at 5:15 p.m. Another ‘selfies’ photo op with Santa will be from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  Dress appropriately and have a magical day, because it truly is the most magical time of the year.

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