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Christmas Festivities

Christmas Parade Floats Down Main Street
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

  Licking’s annual Christmas parade again lived up to expectations on Saturday, Dec. 1. Children and adults alike lined Main Street to see the floats and vehicles, listen to the music, and to collect the candy.
  Winning religious floats in this year’s parade included first place—Assembly of God’s nativity scene, 
Photo by Christy Porter
First Place – Religious went to Licking Assembly of God with their beautiful children's depiction of the Nativity.

Photo by Christy Porter
Second Place – Religious went to Boone Creek Baptist Church 
for their very musical float “O Come All Ye Faithful”.
 second place—Boone Creek Baptist Church’s “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” and

Photo by Shari Harris
Third Place – Religious went to Abounding Hope Church
 and their “Let Us Sing” float.

 third place—Abounding Hope’s “Let Us Sing Joy to the Lord.”


Photo by Christy Porter
“Jesus is Enough” by the Pentecostal Holiness Church received 
Honorable Mention in the religious category.


Pentecostal Holiness Church got Honorable Mention for their “Jesus is Enough” float.
 
Photo by Shari Harris
Snoopy and all the gang joined the Wildcat Early Learning Center to take First Place – Non-Religious in this year’s parade.
In the non-religious category, the Wildcat Early Learning Center with special guests the Peanuts gang won first place, followed by
Photo by Shari Harris
Olaf was hard at work on the MFA float that took second place in the Non-Religious category.
MFA with second place complete with Olaf putting his sled to good use moving a bag of feed,
Photo by Christy Porter
Casey’s General Store placed third in Non-Religious with a colorful float.... “Elvis has left the building.”
and Casey’s won third place with its fireplace float.
Photo by Christy Porter
Ozarks Older Iron Club won Honorable Mention Non-Religious with classic vehicles such as this decked out Christmas tractor in cheery red.
Honorable Mention went to the Ozarks Older Ironworks Club for their variety of classic vehicles.

  Haley Floyd Joyner wanted to extend thanks to everyone who participated in making this year’s parade happen, with special thanks to Mrs. Kuhn from FCCLA for bagging the candy for the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Kirkwood and the FFA members for handing out the bags of candy, the Licking Rural Fire Department, the Licking Police Department, The Texas County Sheriff’s Department, Jeff Kinder with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mayor Keith Cantrell and the Licking High School Band.

 Festivities at Christmas Craft Show and Texas County Museum of Art & History

Photo by Christy Porter
Santa was the recipient of approximately 100 eager smiles and wish lists during his visit. There were some who were bashful or reluctant.

Photo by Christy Porter
Beautiful gifts, crafts, home décor, holiday decorations, candy and baked goods were available at the Christmas Craft sale, held at the VFW Hall. The vendors spanned the entire three rooms of the hall.
Photo by Christy Porter
Gloria Purdom served up warm and filling chicken & dumplings. The VFW Auxiliary served 70-100 meals of ham & beans or chicken & dumplings, with the fixings, during the festivities.
Photo by Christy Porter
A cheerful greeting by volunteers at the Texas County Museum of Art and History invited patrons in to shop at the Book Nook for $1 bags of books, the childrens book giveaway, cookies, and shopping at the Current River Artist Market.

Photo by Christy Porter
Delicious homemade cookies could be purchased on Cookie Lane for $4.50 per lb. at the  “Cookies-Buy-The-Pound” sale held Saturday at the Texas County Museum of Art and History.

Photo by Christy Porter
Lanelle Taft with the Friends of the Licking Library helped Abby and Sam Penn find the perfect book at the book giveaway where children ages preschool through 12th grade could browse through a large selection.
Photo by Shari Harris
The Tree of Honor in the Licking Mill is a reminder to all who fought for our freedom, with veterans’ pictures decorating the tree, and three killed in action taking the place of highest honor at the top.
Photo by Christy Porter
Jonathan Wolfe was all smiles when he received a bike from Santa at the annual Licking Chamber of Commerce Toy Giveaway. 
 
Photo by Christy Porter
Santa presented a happy Alison Baker with a bike at the giveaway. Approximately 120 toys were given out Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Christy Porter
Buckner & Gately Auction Services were also busy on Parade day. Holiday decorations were among the items being auctioned on this festive day.


Lighting of the Mill
By Shari Harris,
Co-Publisher
Photo by Shari Harris
Before the lighting, carolers gathered in the dark to sing by candlelight.
Saturday’s Christmas celebration ended with cocoa, cookies and Santa Claus after the lighting of the Licking Mill. Carolers filled the air with Christmas spirit as they gathered around Santa Claus in front of the mill to sing. The falling temperatures were no match for this hardy group. After a few songs, Suzie Blackburn flipped the switch. The crowd let out a collective “aah” at the sight, then gladly stepped into the mill and out of the cold wind. Blackburn served hot chocolate and cookies, and Santa Claus met with several young visitors and posed for pictures. The evening had a warm, hometown feeling to it, which was a fitting ending to the day.

Photo by Shari Harris
The Lighting of the Mill added to the Christmas spirit for carolers who gathered in the cold.

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