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  • Bath gets the spirit of Christmas

  • The last time Amanda Plank went to the Spirit of Christmas in Bath was to play her French horn in her high school quartet.

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  • The last time Amanda Plank went to the Spirit of Christmas in Bath was to play her French horn in her high school quartet.
    This year, she brought her three-year-old daughter, Amarae Sanford. Now, Amarae didn’t actually say she enjoyed the festivities up and down Liberty Street. In fact, she seemed pretty wordless when it came to answering questions.
    But a look at her wide eyes and bright smile as she hopped briskly in time to the Harvest Baptist Church puppets’ Christmas carols said all that her shy answers left out.
    The event, sponsored by the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce, is the annual kick-off for the season in Steuben County.
    Beginning with the traditional arrival of Santa and lighting of the Christmas tree, kids and families lined up to climb on Santa’s knee or climb up into the horse-drawn carriage.
    At the far end of Liberty Street, St. Thomas Episcopal Church offered music and a look at St. Nicholas, the bishop who secretly donated bags of gold to a poor family more than 1,000 years ago – and began the legend of the generous Sinter Klaus.
    Vendors offered Christmas gift ideas, live music and free food was available, and if there wasn’t enough outside in the brisk December chill, kids and their folks crowded into several shops on Liberty Street to enjoy seasonal fun.
    Destany and Daisy Jo Hough industriously threaded bright beads at Goldmine Jewelry Junction while their mother, Kathy Hough, watched. Making the colorful gifts has been a long and popular tradition at the jewelry store, said manager Lisa Fox.
    She brought along her daughter, Hayli Fox, and friends Hayleigh Wellington and Alevea Beers to help younger children slip more and more beads on strings.
    The evening was more about the spirit, than presents, at least according to Amanda Plank, her own eyes as bright as her little girl’s. Shopping is still in the future, Plank said.
    “Oh, my house is all decked out,” she said, and laughed. “Presents? Oh, that’s up to Santa!”
     

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