The closer Christmas gets, the more excitement begins to fill the air.
That excitement reached its apex Saturday night in Lula as residents lined Main Street and filled Lula Veterans Park to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus, and usher in the Yuletide season as part of the fourth annual Christmas In Lula.
Local businesses on Main Street took part by giving out food, drinks and other treats.
The celebration featured a parade, the first in its history. The parade featured vintage cars dressed in Christmas lights, the East Hall High School band and local churches.
One local church created a live Christmas nativity scene on the side of Main Street prior to the parade.
Lula city councilwoman Vicky Chambers, a Lula Belton Historical Society member and one of the organizers for Saturday’s event, said the community comes out to support its town during these events.
“I hope people see the peace that Christmas brings, and the joy that people feel, and how the Christian relationships mean so much to so many of us (in the community),” Chambers said.
“Maybe some can take this home with them, and maybe this can begin the Christmas spirit for them. Maybe it can carry through next year.”
Chambers said Christmas for her could be summed up to family, friends and the gathering of both.
She also said visitors were “shocked” to know nearly everything was free, except for pictures with Santa.
Ruby Parker attended the parade to watch her daughter, Paige Parker, a senior at East Hall High, perform with the marching band.
“We are a close-knit community,” she said. “Usually, when something is going, we all come out.
“I think everybody at Christmas tends to show more care toward one another.”
Victoria Daniel brought her daughter, Britney Daniel, 3, to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas.
“This is the first year she has seen Santa Claus since she was a baby,” she said. “She loved it. She was kind of scared of Santa Claus, but she liked sitting with Mrs. Claus.
“I think the event is really special. Usually they do a Railroad Day parade, and this year, it got canceled because of rain, so this made it extra special for them to do it (parade) for Christmas.”
“I like it so far,” said 14-year-old Cameron Moss, who attended with his family.
“This is our first time coming to the Christmas event. Christmas is about spending time with family and appreciating what you have.”