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  • Stafford County communities kick off Christmas season

  • Mild temperatures greet visitors as Santa comes to Stafford County to kick off the holiday season.
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  • While the temperatures outside were anything but frightful, Santa made his first appearance in Stafford County kicking off several holiday events, Saturday.
    Santa greeted children at Delp's Christmas Tree farm as part of St. John's kick off to the Christmas season.
    "We had a pretty good turn out, both here and at the library," said event organizer Trish Coleman.
    Meeting Santa was the start of the day with a movie, card crafts and prize give away for the younger guests.
    Coleman stated they have geared the event more to the younger crowd the past couple years, and scaled back some due to a reduction in the number of volunteers.
    "We had a lot of parents comment on how much more they liked meeting Santa out at the Christmas tree farm," she said. "It just seemed a lot more Christmassy."
    With temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s the rows of colorful flocked trees, wreaths and a shaker knocking loose needles from purchased trees were the only thing looking Christmassy.
    Macksville celebrated the season with Santa at USD 351s multipurpose room. Crafts and a piñata added to the Christmas feeling there. As the sunset, the town brought their event to a close with the annual lighted Christmas parade.
    Stafford celebrated the beginning of the season, Saturday and will continue their holiday celebrations with the annual lighted parade and spaghetti feed, Dec. 8.
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