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Much more than a general store

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    Local musicians take a break between singing cherry songs during the Christmas Day celebration at Bandera General Store. “We decided to do it because we realized a lot of people don’t have anywhere to go for Christmas and are looking for company,” s

Traditions come in all shapes and sizes, from saying grace before a family meal, telling a story to your children every night before bed or giving your kids duct tape on their thirteenth birthday. For Glen McComb and Marcia Kabat, owners of The Bandera General Store, it means staying open for Christmas.

The Bandera General Store, located at 306 Main Street, opened its doors to the community for the fourth consecutive year on Christmas day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“We decided to do it because we realized a lot of people don’t have anywhere to go for Christmas and are looking for company,” said McComb.

“I mentioned it on Facebook, and people started volunteering. We eat good food, listen to music and sing Christmas carols.”

An array of edible delights lined the front counter of the store, including donations from local restaurant The Bistro.

Individuals donating to the festive fun include Leigh McCourt, Ed and Lois Lawrence, Rusty Dowda and his wife, Lisa Marie Hinkle, Cindy ChenAmmann. David Wayne and Stacey Stewart Baust and more.

Bandera resident Jane Romero explained, “This is our second year coming, and they are awesome.”

Local musicians donated their time and talent, including Lew Pewterbaugh, David Wayne, Karen Haile and Lee Haile, Dennis Allyn and Annie Monsen.

The store also featured a gingerbread house contest and a children’s art contest earlier this month. Plans are in the work for a chess tournament for all ages this spring, and Bandera General Store is working on creating more free community events to bring local residents together.

The Bandera General store is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hours are adjusted to close before dark, allowing their high school staff can go home while it still light.

For more information visit www.banderageneralstore.com or call 830-796-4925.