By Shannon Johnson
Between cooking, shopping, mailing Christmas cards, decorating, and traveling, the holiday season is often a busy time for many people. Although squeezing in all of the events and happenings might seem like a daunting and stressful task, it may be just what we all need to relax for a day, enjoy the holiday season, and to keep tradition alive.
Baker is no exception to the holiday bustle and fortunately we have a community that has a lot of events filled with the spirit of the season. December will start out with a big dose of Christmas cheer, with Santa Claus Days on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Marmarth Community Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Marmarth Ambulance Service will be serving a free will offering lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Vendors will be set up so you can get some of your Christmas shopping taken care of when you aren’t busy eating or enjoying the Tiny Tree Decorating Contest. The Community Club will be doing kids’ activities starting at 1 p.m. The Historical Society has gathered up ornaments for Ornament Bingo, which is also set to start at 1 p.m. The judging for the Highway Christmas Trees will be done at 2:30 p.m. Santa will be fitting in a visit during his busiest season as well. He’s set to arrive at 3 p.m. to take pictures and visit with the kids. To top it all off, area businesses donated turkeys so there will be turkey drawings every hour on the hour as well.
That evening you can head back to Baker for the 16th annual Fantasy Food Fair hosted by the Friends of FMC Foundation from 7-10 p.m. at the Fallon County Fairgrounds. This year they have something a little different planned. They will be serving a catered five course meal at your table and beer or wine tasting with each course. There will be live entertainment by the BHS Music Department. Amongst all of the festivities there will also be a silent auction, a gift basket raffle, a shopping spree raffle, and a quick draw!
The following day, Sunday, Dec. 2, the O’Fallon Community Choir will perform their 40th Annual Christmas Concert at the Lakeview Baptist Church. Christmas music seems to get mixed reviews, but if you’re one of those people who get blissful feelings of nostalgia and Christmas joy this may be just the event for you!
The Bank of Baker will be holding their open house on Thursday, Dec. 6, so be sure to stop by there before heading to The Festival of Trees, put on by the Friends of FMC Foundation, at 6 p.m. where the Christmas décor will be awarded to the highest bidder at Thee Garage Showroom. If you have your heart set on a certain tree, you may want to swing down there before the open house to be sure to get one last bid in!
The Christmas Stroll, will be taking place that same evening. The Friends of FMC Foundation will be serving a free will offering chili dinner at Thee Garage from 5 – 7 p.m. If you need to burn off some calories from dinner, take a stroll downtown and visit the various Chamber businesses that will be open until 7 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your kids down to the Baker Fire Station between 4 – 6 p.m. so they can meet Santa to take pictures and share their Christmas lists! The Baker Fire Department asks people to bring a can of food or small donation for the food bank.
While you’re out and about for the Christmas stroll, be sure to pick up a form from one of the various Chamber businesses around town so your kids can receive a personal letter from Santa. The forms can also be found on the Chamber’s Facebook page, just remember to get them in by Friday, Dec. 14, so Santa can get a letter back to them in time for Christmas!
There will also be several chances to win some extra Christmas funds this year as well! From now until Dec. 15 you can enter into a weekly drawing to win $100 in Baker Bucks. You can enter at any of the participating Chamber retailers. The Chamber is also awarding those who spread Christmas cheer this year with their annual Christmas Light Contest. Judging will be done on Monday, Dec. 10, after 5 p.m. and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded Baker Bucks.