By Hannah Richardson

Well, it’s that time of year again- Christmastime!

From left are Natchitoches Christmas Belles Emily Robertson, Carlee Scott, Miss Merry Christmas Natalie Simmons, Abigail Thompson and Mallory Lee.

Natchitoches likes to get a little jump-start on the holiday season every year, usually beginning with the unveiling of the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival poster. “We kick-off the season, as you can tell, a little early around here for Christmas,” said Mayor Lee Posey,” But it really is a special time of year for us.”

“Sacred Crossroads” by Stafford Harvill.

This year’s poster is “Sacred Crossroads” by Stafford Harvill. This year’s poster is actually a reprint of the sold out 1986 Christmas Festival poster. It was “re-unveiled” Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Dickens and Company.

Karen Terrell of the Natchitoches Arts Council said with the printing process being so much better than it was 30 years ago, every aspect in “Sacred Crossroads” is so much more detailed than before.

With the Christmas Festival poster are the daughters of artist Stafford Harvill, from left, Terri Miller, Gwen Tyler, Janet Bals and Nell Lamendola.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for years,” said Terrell. “This poster has been sold out for years. We looked up the artist and he has passed away. We were able to get a hold Nell Lamendola (Harvill’s daughter) and his family have come in from all over the place.” Harvill’s daughters live in different areas of the country, including Alaska, Indiana, Alabama and Bossier City. Growing up, they spent a lot of time in Natchitoches, and Harvill earned his Master’s degree from Northwestern State University.

“I think he would just be tickled, pleased and honored,” said another daughter, Janet Bals. “We feel privileged to be here.”