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December 4th, 2008
Hays County welcomes holiday season

The Hays High School Varsity Choir sang at the courthouse on Wednesday to commemorate the annual “Lighting of the Square” celebration. The choir’s audience watched from the ground level as the students sang out in harmony on the second floor, overlooking the giant Christmas tree in the foyer. They pleased the ear with such songs as “Carol of the Bells,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear.”

Traditionally, the lighting of the square takes place the evening preceding “Sights and Sounds of Christmas,” and this year was no exception. Dozens of families gathered outside the courthouse just after sunset to participate in the countdown that led to the spectacular lighting of the courthouse.

In her speech just before flipping the switch on the Christmas lights, Judge Liz Sumter thanked her co-workers and colleagues for all their hard work and said that, without them, “this wouldn’t be the wonderful, welcoming place to live that it is,” and Sumter added that San Marcos also “wouldn’t be the same” without all the friendly locals that turned out for the event.

Employees kindly devoted their time to oversee the holiday event. Ron Knott, a city employee who was in charge of the crew that strung the lights on and around the courthouse, said that it took an entire week to decorate the building. Kimberli Hoelle and Jimmie Robinson were the two courthouse employees who organized the festivities.

“We come every year and there’s always just lots of cookies and cake for everyone,” said Mercedes Trevino, who is part of the human resources department.

Cookies and snacks were donated by the [courthouse employees], and a large, white coconut cake was donated to the event by H.E.B. Judge Sumter commented that the donors from H.E.B. “always do such a great job” when it comes to the holiday goodies they provide.

Children and their parents were feeling the holiday spirit as they enjoyed a visit with Santa Claus, who listened to Christmas wishes and posed for pictures in front of the Christmas tree.

Story and photos by Krista Almazan

Josiah and Marcos Mendosa visit with Santa

Hays High School Varsity Choir members sing on the 2nd floor of the courthouse

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