The weather was beautiful up in the country this weekend.  Temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s with some sun.

The great weather meant everyone, and I mean everyone, showed up for Christmas on the Square in Coldspring, Texas.  When the population of the city is less than 1000, a crowd like this boggles the mind.

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Daytime was Fair on the Square.  They literally close the entire square to traffic.  You park and walk in to the square vendors, the shops, and the roadside mom and pop vegetable stands.  It is so much fun to see everyone.

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This poor dog’s name is Booger. He did take the Santa suit in stride.

The booths are fun, the food is great, but the Christmas parade is the best. You have to get there early enough to get a good spot. For us, a good spot is one that is near the announcer and where we can watch the floats make a 90 degree turn. The announcer cracks me up. He tells way too much about the folks on the floats and sometimes gives his opinions on float design.

The 90 degree turns are just funny. This year they didn’t have to empty a float to make the turn. It is fun to sit out by the parade, watch the kids on the floats and in the crowd.

The floats are classic small-town America. They are still hand made, with roll paper painted signs, pulled by tractors or trucks.

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The band plays Christmas music.

The water tower has a cross on it. The county courthouse has a nativity scene on the lawn.

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It reminds me every year why we love this small town.

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Hay bale reindeer with lighted antlers.

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Yes, there are county inmates following the parade.  They are the clean up crew.  Only in a small town.  It reminds me of Otis in Mayberry RFD.

I hope you get a chance to slow down his season and enjoy Christmas. Next year, come visit our weekend small town at Christmas. You will be welcomed with open arms.

Merry Christmas!

Karen

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