In the air there was a feeling of Christmas in downtown Alvarado and Venus on Saturday. Children were singing, the smell of cotton candy filled the air, and everywhere were lights and decorations.

In Alvarado, vendors were on all sides of the square where one could buy jewelry, jellies, crafts, Christmas decorations, pottery, and even check out some of the reading material at the Alvarado Public Library booth, while children could be seen racing around the square in a train piloted by a clown, and there were bounce houses.

“I like coming with my granddaughter to the Christmas on the Square every year, and this year, she’s especially drawn to the petting zoo,” said Sudi Regan, former director of Alvarado Senior Citizens Center. “She wants to be a veterinarian one day, and she is exactly in the place she wants to be.

John Jobe of Jobe Metalsmiths, who makes his living as a blacksmith, and his wife, Susan, were displaying the hand-made metal crafts John makes.

“I’ve been doing this for about 8 years - I used to be a welder, but I went into a shop in Waco years ago and saw this guy making items out of metal, and I told him that’s what I wanted to do,” said Jobe, saying that the man taught him for a brief period, which began his new profession in metalwork.

The Venus square was decorated in toy soldiers, Santa and his reindeers, and an array of other holiday themes. Concerts were performed by several individuals, with a special production of Christmas favorites by the first graders of the Venus Primary School, under the direction of music teacher, Sherry Smith.

Vendors included the Venus chapter of the TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly) Club, a new church, The Full Circle of Life Family Church, and an array of other vendors.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arrived at 2 p.m. with the assistance of the Venus Fire Department, who chauffeured them to the Venus Civic Center where they took Christmas wish lists from a long line of excited boys and girls.