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Members of the community began preparing for the annual Christmas in Chrisman event by decorating City Park the day after Thanksgiving. Lights and signs in the park represented loved ones that have been lost or area businesses. Residents ranging in ages from five to almost eight years old helped make the park beautiful. Neal EMS has been providing Christmas music through out the season on radio station 91.1 FM.
Lindsey Franz played a part in decorating the town as she painted multiple businesses windows in different holiday décor.
The city of Chrisman worked hard again to put the Christmas tree up on the bandstand. The tree was a replacement for the giant inflatable Frosty that was damaged in high winds a few years ago.
The first Christmas tree was originally put in the bandstand in December of 1968. The tree had an overall height of approximately fifty feet- a forty foot tower mounted on the three foot high bandstand and topped with a five foot lighted star, complete with one thousand Christmas lights.
On Wednesday, December 7th, City Park transformed into a Hallmark movie as the Christmas spirit was felt throughout the community.
Merrybeth Farms once again provided members of the community with carriage rides. The Farm is owned by Beth and Martin Saupe, who live west of Bondville. Together, they own Clydesdales Jill and Lena, who provide the carriage rides as well as two Morgan Horses named Rooster Cogburn and Lonesome Dove. The list for rides quickly filled up. While they waited, the Chrisman Area Community Club held their annual Chili Supper in the Chrisman American Legion.
Around seven o’clock, the lighted Christmas parade began. Area businesses sponsored the lighted floats provided by Shirley’s Custom Lights and Signs out of Georgetown.
Popular floats included the angles, dragon, butterflies and the snail. This year, the Chrisman Baptist Church’s float was the talk of the parade as they chose the SCLS Starship. Once the parade was over, the children quickly hurried to the Chrisman Public Library for a chance to meet the man himself, Santa Claus. Before hearing what the children wanted, Santa read the story ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to the anxious children.
After telling Santa what they wanted for Christmas, the children were able to get a book and a snack before they left the library.
A big thank you to everyone who made Christmas In Chrisman another success this year.