One of my favorite Christmas events in the region was held in Uncertain Texas over the weekend. It's the annual Floating Christmas parade. More than a dozen boats traveled the beautiful waters of Caddo Lake for this festive event.

Willie float

This year, I had the privilege of judging the boats. There were so many creative floating concoctions.  One boat had youngsters dressed as Santa and had very large gifts wrapped as props on the boat. It was really spectacular. The boats were judged based on creativity, holiday theme, music, costumes and enthusiasm.  It was tough to pick a winner, but after the judges tallied up the results, a holiday themed boat from Mooringsport was named the winner. All of the riders had on Willie Nelson wigs and they were very enthusiastic about the holiday season.

It turned out to be a beautiful day on the lake with lots of sunshine and a temperature close to 60. But it was very windy and I am sure it was quite cold on that boat ride (which took about an hour) before they got to Johnson's Ranch where they had the judges set up. There was a band playing to entertain the crowd and Santa pulled up in one of the boats.  Once he got out, a line formed to take pictures with him.

I am so glad this holiday tradition is back and I can't thank the folks in Uncertain enough for inviting me to be a part of this year's big event.


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