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The first day of Christmas in the Country took place Saturday in Glendale.
Children stood in line to meet Santa Claus while grownups spent time Christmas shopping in downtown stores.
The man in the red suit is what keeps Lynn Braner and her family coming back every year.
“Kids like to see Santa and Mrs. Claus,” Braner said.
Along with getting a photo taken with Santa, children can write him a letter with the help of Mrs. Claus. The children receive personalized letters in return, Braner said.
Stores offered refreshments and the sounds of holiday music filled Main Street. Visitors also could watch live performances, including one from an Elvis impersonator.
Jana Ballard was visiting the event for the first time with her children. Ballard wanted to take in all the activities, including the parade and carriage rides.
“It’s good for the kids,” Ballard said. “Great for the kids.”
The event also is great for the Glendale community, said Sheree Vance, owner of The Side Track Shops.
“Other than the Crossing Festival, it’s our biggest day of the year,” Vance said.
Vance said she enjoys seeing everyone line up for the parade and watching children get excited for Santa Claus.
“It’s just a fun day,” she said. “Everybody comes out and has a good time.”
Christmas in the Country continues Dec. 8 with free wassail on Main Street and traditional Christmas music. A tour of Glendale homes is offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The Glendale Fire Department Christmas in the Country Christmas Bazaar also is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fire department.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.