Happy Friday Neosho! Well, believe it or not, we are in the full Christmas mode now! It’s hard to believe it is December, but here we are.

Happy Friday Neosho! Well, believe it or not, we are in the full Christmas mode now! It’s hard to believe it is December, but here we are.
At the Baker house, we have put up the brand-new Christmas tree purchased on Black Friday, complete with color changing lights! All the decorations have been dragged out of the storage, dusted off, and brought to life again for the Christmas season. The stockings have been hung up, along with the Holiday wreaths, and all the decorating was done to the tune of our favorite Christmas songs playing in the background while sipping on some of Naomi’s homemade hot wassail. Ahh…I love Christmas time!
On Thursday evening the Dickens Christmas Faire began just off the downtown square at the old Mills Park Center.
With over 60 vendors, you can shop for all the crafts, knick-knacks and quirky Christmas gift items you’ll ever need! That event will be going through Saturday afternoon. Also, don’t forget you can have breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Civic Center. This has been a week full of activities and it’s not over yet!
 Thursday evening at Big Spring Park we had the Christmas Lighting Ceremony and it was so much fun! Live Christmas carols, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” and an appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog. It’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year!  There is nothing like seeing all the park light up at once with all the glittering lights and then immediately seeing the glow on the faces of the children when they can hardly contain the joy of the experience. There is just something magical about the Christmas spirit! I remember when I was a child after we got the tree decorated, my favorite thing to do was to turn out all the lights in the house except for the Christmas tree and just sit and look at it while eating Reese’s Cups. Yep, that’s one of many on my long list of Christmas traditions. Another family tradition is reading the real Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas morning to the family. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season!
 And it gets even better! On Saturday evening, we will have the annual Neosho Christmas Parade on the square.  I can’t wait to see all the entries and the creative displays that will be in the parade! My favorite is always the long line of farm tractors that rumble’s around the square and reminds us of days gone by. Speaking of antiques, rumor has it that there will be a very special sleigh that will be in the parade this year, and you won’t want to miss it! The theme this year is, “All I Want for Christmas.” So, make sure you plan to be there and join in with the festivities! This will be a great event for the family and I’m sure there will be plenty of candy too… (maybe even some Reese’s Cups).
 Until next time spread the Christmas cheer all through December and don’t forget that Christmas is about the greatest gift ever given, and that is Jesus Christ!

Ben Baker is the mayor of Neosho and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.