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Somerset brings snow to the masses with Country Christmas Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer Kicking off the Christmas spirit in Somerset was the city’s annual Country Christmas on Dec. 4. A snow slide, hot chocolate, sweets and Christmas carolers highlighted the night as locals as well as visitors from surrounding areas gathered with their kids for an evening of fun. “It’s all free and as long as the kids are having fun, it’s worth it,” said Alderman Jesse Vidales. Police Chief Greg Reyes, “tested” the snow slide before any kids could ride and took a picture on his phone as he slid down. Following safety proofing, a line of kids wrapped around the slide all the way to the carwash sign waiting to slide down. Riders could ride single or double. City Administrator Miguel Cantu, assisted at the top of the slide loading the riders into the tubes. The city police depart-

ment and public works department assisted with the upkeep of the snow and tubes as well. “We wanted to bring the kids to have fun,” said Roxanne Kerr, a Somerset local. “This is the first time we’ve come to this. They wanted to see some snow.” Most kids braved it out and rode alone, but a few small children rode down with mom. Most of the kids rode more than once and even tried cutting in line to get ahead of the other kids, as parents forced their kids back to the end of the line. As nightfall hit the city, Mayor Paul Cuellar prepared for the lighting of the tree and holiday decorations. He made a small speech thanking everyone from coming and counted down from 10. “Don’t forget the reason for the season,” he said. “Everyone enjoy yourselves and have fun.” While a slight malfunction delayed the lighting, the

lights came on followed by Christmas carols sang by the Somerset Methodist Church carolers. The group began about 5:45 p.m. with “Joy to the World” followed by “Away in the Manger” and “Oh, Holy Night.” My Lord House of Prayer sang a few Christmas carols as well. A pile of snow in the corner had kids and adults alike throwing snowballs and in need of some hot chocolate. After finding out about the fun snow slide and hot chocolate, Judy Tondre drove from Lytle and brought her son for the snow filled fun. “It’s fun,” Tondre said. “My son is enjoying it and still playing. He rode down the slide three times.” The city was pleased with the turnout and thought the event went really well. “It’s w on d e r f u l ,” Alderwoman Diane Cuellar said. “Look at the turnout! Everybody is loving it and its fun to watch.” With the lighting of the tree, free hot chocolate, baked goods and a snow slide locals and visitors took to the Somerset annual Country Christmas ceremony on Dec. 4 in the lot by the Bulldog Carwash. City Administrator, Miguel Cantu, assisted at the top of the slide loading the kids into the tubes. In the photo at the right Cantu slides a rider down in his tube. The event also called for the decoration lighting, Christmas carolers and a snow pile. In the right photo a child is enjoying the lighted decorations as Mayor Cuellar ceremonially lit up the lot. Decorations included Santa’s sleigh and the Merry Christmas banner. The snow pile was filled with families and children playing with snowballs. The photo to the left shows two children playing with the snow with their family and friends. (Photos by Luz Moreno-Lozano)

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTING & SANTAʼS HAYRIDE Saturday, December 14th @6pm

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