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Christmas spirit coming to Friona

There are plenty of chances to share the Christmas spirit coming up in Friona. The season has already begun with the Friona Chamber of Commerce announcing the start of Ho! Ho! Home for the Holidays. All you have to do is shop locally and sign up to win $25 in Friona Bucks at local businesses. The drawing will be held on Monday, December 19 for winners at each participating business and a grand prize $100 in Friona Bucks.

Participating businesses are A-1 Service Center, Bi-Wize Pharmacy, Blackburn Hardware, Carniceria Hernandez, Creative Chaos, 5 Star Bistro, Fast Stop Convenience Store, Headquarter’s Restaurant, Hunan’s Restaurant, Interior Expressions, Ivy Cottage, Kendrick Oil Farm Store, Lowe’s Supermarket, Malouf’s Fabrics, Milk House Market, Subway of Friona, Tasty Cream, Veterinary Industries.

Project Christmas Card sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary has started collecting donations to benefit Parmer Medical Center. Canisters can be found in local businesses. The donations will go to purchase much needed hospital equipment. Donations can be made at Friona InterBank.

The Empty Stocking Fund provides clothes and a toy to local needy children as determined by school officials. Donations can be take by Friona InterBank. Jyl Grimsley and Holly Campbell are co-chairpersons of the Empty Stocking Fund.

The Chamber will bring the spirit of Christmas to the City Park on Monday, December 5 with Christmas in the Park when Santa will arrive at the Depot at 5 p.m. He will be taking wish list requests from children until 7:30 p.m. There will be booths with vendors on hand during the event.

The city park will be decorated for the season by local churches, business, organizations and youth groups. Trees can be adopted and decorated from now until the day of the Christmas in the Park. For booth and tree adoption information, contact the Chamber at (806) 250-3491.

New this year is the Christmas Parade of Lights, which is being incorporated into the Christmas in the Park event on Monday, December 5. The event is co-sponsored by the Chamber and the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office.

Staging for the parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Friona United Methodist Church and will begin winding its way past the city park at sundown.

Entries can be commercial, organizational, antique auto, antique tractor, horse & pony, walking unit, truck/trailer or other. Deadline for entries is Friday, December 2.

Please return forms to the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office at 300 4th Street in Farwell, ross.paiz@parmercounty.net, (806) 481-3303 or fax (806) 481-3305. Forms may also be sent to the Chamber office at 621 Main Street in Friona, fedc@wtrt.net, (806) 250-3491, or fax (806) 250-2348.

Come on out and enjoy every opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Christmas in Friona.

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Mr. and Mrs. Claus visited Ivy Cottage last Thursday for their Christmas open house. Misty says Ivy Cottage will get their shipment of poinsettias around December 1 and they are really pretty this year.