By Joe “Santa Jeaux” Pridgen
We arrived a few days early to Branson, so we could celebrate the 4th of July and see some of the sites around the town. On entering the hotel, the Chateau on the Lake Resort, which served as the central area for the entire event, a surprise was waiting for us in the 10-story atrium. Santa was hanging from a rope at about the 7th floor, as if he was rappelling from the rooftop. Of course, that’s all the further he got since he was a plastic mock-up. Below him, though, were a few very nice restaurants and meeting areas along with landscaping of trees, bushes and ponds with a stream.