Santa turns on thousands of lights
By Robin Scott
Santa Claus rolled up to Memorial Park in a cherry red Mustang on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. and magically turned on the Christmas lights and decorations display in the park. Ready to greet Santa was a large group of anxious youngsters who endured freezing temperatures and 35-mile-an-hour wind gusts in order to see the red clad, jolly, old man.
With a hearty “Ho, ho, ho!” Santa walked with several of the children up to the gazebo, where he spent time with each child. Telling Santa, “What I want for Christmas is…” is a tradition few children miss. Many happy holiday memories stem from time spent on Santa’s knee, privately disclosing the wish list with hope and expectation. The children who shared their wishes with Santa on Wednesday were rewarded with a sweet treat and a “Merry Christmas.”
Santa’s yearly visit to Memorial Park is in conjunction with the lighting ceremony. Santa will continue to visit many different locations right up until its time for him to head to the North Pole and get his sleigh loaded with toys and gifts.
The decorations placed in the park and on the gazebo by the Chamber of Commerce will light the park each evening from dusk until dawn all through the holiday season. Kristine Olsen, Chamber President, stated that putting out the decorations this year went well up until Wednesday when the cold front moved into Dalhart. Cold weather, holiday lights, Christmas decorations and Santa mean only one thing and that is Christmastime is near.
The Dallam and Hartley Counties area has many holiday events planned that are sure to please. From the Annual Quail Unlimited Banquet, the Santa Party at Coon Memorial Home, the Christmas programs at the schools, Mary Bell’s Christmas for Kids, Packages for Troops to the Tour of Homes, there is something for everyone.