Good morning, Marion. I want to wish all of our citizens a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

If I said it once, I have said it a thousand times, it sure is nice to live in a small town in the state of Texas and United States of America. Especially when we celebrate the start of the holiday season with some time-honored traditions. We had our annual tree lighting ceremony, it was a little different from the past years but it gave us a chance to have some type of normalcy.

Victor Contreras is the mayor of the city of Marion and writes a monthly column which usually appears every second Sunday.

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