Sunday, Dec. 15

Once upon a time, people believed the sound of cannon fire and gunfire kept bad spirits afraid of the loud blasts far away as families celebrated Christmas. The idea sounds foreign to us today, but some rituals are worth remembering to remind us of our heritage. Historic Fort Reno does just that, building on the best aspects of such tradition. The 17th Christmas Guns Celebration will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Historic Fort Reno, 7107 W. Cheyenne St., El Reno (approximately 35 miles west of downtown Oklahoma City). Children can visit with Father Time and get a bag of treats, everyone can partake of the chili cook-off, and all can enjoy this old-fashioned salute to the holidays at an historical landmark from another lifetime. For more, call 405.262.3987.

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