A “2020 Kind of Christmas” success

Photo by Christy Porter
Licking Assembly of God was “Jammin’ 4 Jesus” in Saturday’s parade. Their float took first place in the Religious category.

Photo by Shari Harris
Children on the Wildcat Early Learning Center float, accompanied by Mrs. Clonts and helpers, waved to parade watchers as they traveled down Main Street. This float was the Non-Religious category first place winner.

By Shari Harris, Publisher

The Licking Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Christmas celebration on a beautiful sunny Saturday, Dec. 5. The weather and events combined to lift Christmas spirits for all.

The day commenced with vendors setting up shop in the VFW, offering their Christmas décor and gift items to holiday shoppers.

At 11:30 a.m., Santa Claus arrived and visited with youngsters, who told him their Christmas wish lists while their families snapped photos.

Photo by Shari Harris
Children told Santa their Christmas wishes at the VFW hall. This was 3-1/2-year-old Aaryan Helms’ first time to see Santa.

The Church of Christ hosted a fundraiser for Sonshine and Rainbow Day School; serving a delicious fish fry meal and/or soups from noon to four p.m. Tables overflowing with Christmas decorations, jewelry and other crafts were also available to shoppers as they ordered their meals.

After shopping, Santa and lunch, another visit with Santa was on the schedule. This time Santa handed out gifts to children on the porch of the Historic Licking Mill. Each child received a gift, and then it was off to Main Street to find a spot to watch the parade.

Photo by Christy Porter
Landon Merrell, age 8, looked ready to ride his new red bike on Saturday.

Photo by Christy Porter
Addie Carver, age 7, was all smiles when she was gifted a bike by Santa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s parade theme was “A 2020 Kind of Christmas.” Winners in the Non-Religious category were: first place Wildcat Early Learning Center, second place Fred and Brenda Rinne with the Haneline family, and third place LHS Band/Art Club. In the Religious category, winners were: first place Assembly of God Church, second place Texas County Baptist Association and third place Boone Creek Baptist Church.

The day ended with the Lighting of the Mill. Hot cocoa and caroling accompanied the event as the Historic Licking Mill displayed its holiday accessories for everyone to see.

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