A crowd of more than a hundred squeezed into the lobby of the historic Occidental Hotel for this year’s Christmas program.

Held every year with the guidance of local resident Becky Yarlott, the event ushers in a stronger spirit of the holiday through music and inspirational messages.

A story of brotherly love on the battlefield in France during World War I was presented by Carleen Cosner…

A number of musical performances were included in this year’s program from Prairie Wildfire to Basque dancing.

Occidental owner David Stewart closed the program with a brand new song, “A Very Merry Christmas”…

Aside from skipping one year, the event has been held for 22 years at the hotel.

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