Another busy December weekend approaches!

The holiday season is always a whirlwind of activity – and this year is no different! This weekend is full of activities for sports fans, shoppers and families alike!

Basketball fans will be thrilled to learn Hugoton High School’s annual Blue and Red Classic will take place this week, starting Thursday, December 7. This marks the twenty-sixth year for the tournament, and play will begin with the girls’ bracket – Ulysses faces Stratford at 3:00 p.m. in the HHS West Gym, while Southwestern Heights will take on Hooker in the East Gym. Those games will be immediately followed by the first games of the boys’ bracket at 4:45 p.m. Mangum will face Hugoton’s JV in the West Gym, while Hooker and Southwestern Heights battle it out in the East Gym. You can find a copy of the bracket for this year’s tournament on page 8B of this week’s Hermes.

If you get tired of basketball, head over to Yardmaster Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. to shop some amazing Christmas deals – and meet Santa Claus himself! Kids and parents can get a free picture with the big guy, as well as enjoy some cookies and cocoa. Yardmaster is located at Third and Main in Hugoton.

Do you have some hard-to-buy-for names on your Christmas list? Check out Chelsea’s Scentsy Christmas Open House or Mistletoe Market Saturday, December 10! The Scentsy Open House will be at Chelsea’s house at 1001 S. Main from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will feature all the newest – and favorite – Scentsy products. All customers who shop will be entered into a drawing and there will be tasty refreshments. This year’s Mistletoe Market will be at Lynnie’s Nest, at 614 S. Main in Hugoton, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You just might find the perfect gift for all your favorite people at this show of local artists and vendors. Contact Erica Kolb for more information at 620-544-3854.

Are you dreading wrapping all those presents you found at Yardmaster, the Scentsy Open House and Mistletoe Market? Not to fear! The students of Heritage Christian Academy are here to help! The kids will be wrapping Christmas presents Saturday, December 9 and Saturday, December 16 to raise funds for their trip to Washington, D.C. Call Beth Beard at 620-428-5656 for more information!

If you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit – make sure to attend the Christmas concert at Rolla United Methodist Church Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m. The very talented Wild & Sweet will perform. Members include Rolla natives Whitney Light Stilwell and Steffan Light, as well as Tara Light, Larry Stilwell and Johnny Bland. A free will offering will be received gratefully.

Later Sunday afternoon, while you’re still feeling jolly – make sure to get your tickets for the 2017 Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Preceptor Delta Lambda Sorority. Proceeds benefit the Sorority’s scholarship fund. Tickets are available by contacting any Sorority member, or call Lisa Jean Nelson at 620-428-1778 or Valerie Hershey at 620-544-9721. Tickets are also available at each home. The tour will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to share in the beauty of the hosts’ Christmas visions – and their beautiful homes!