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Eglin families line the bleachers around the base Christmas tree for the annual lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Eglin families line the bleachers around the base Christmas tree for the annual lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Chaplains and the base commander began the event with holiday messages and awards for the base-wide, life-sized Christmas card decoration contest. The chapel’s children’s choir sang carols before Santa Claus’s arrival. Following ceremony the chapel hosted a holiday reception with music by the Saxsations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Eglin families line the bleachers around the base Christmas tree for the annual lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Eglin families line the bleachers around the base Christmas tree for the annual lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Chaplains and the base commander began the event with holiday messages and awards for the base-wide, life-sized Christmas card decoration contest. The chapel’s children’s choir sang carols before Santa Claus’s arrival. Following ceremony the chapel hosted a holiday reception with music by the Saxsations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Eglin families line the bleachers around the base Christmas tree for the annual lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

A base family poses for a photo with Santa Claus during the chapel’s reception following the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Chaplains and the base commander began the event with holiday messages and awards for the base-wide, life-sized Christmas card decoration contest. The chapel’s children’s choir sang carols before Santa Claus’s arrival. Following ceremony the chapel hosted a holiday reception with music by the Saxsations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Eglin families line the bleachers around the base Christmas tree for the annual lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

A little girl listens while she talks with Santa Claus during the chapel’s reception following the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Chaplains and the base commander began the event with holiday messages and awards for the base-wide, life-sized Christmas card decoration contest. The chapel’s children’s choir sang carols before Santa Claus’s arrival. Following ceremony the chapel hosted a holiday reception with music by the Saxsations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Eglin families line the bleachers around the base Christmas tree for the annual lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

The Homan family children pose for a photo with Santa Claus during the chapel’s reception following the Christmas tree lighting ceremony Nov. 30 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Chaplains and the base commander began the event with holiday messages and awards for the base-wide, life-sized Christmas card decoration contest. The chapel’s children’s choir sang carols before Santa Claus’s arrival. Following the ceremony the chapel hosted a holiday reception with music by the Saxsations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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