The holiday cheer was in full swing during the annual Christmas Dinner hosted by the Southern Ute Culture Department on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Sky Ute Casino Event Center. Friends and family members from the Southern Ute, Ute Mountain, and Ute Tribe came together to celebrate the holiday season. After the dinner, Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students and guides annual Christmas Program continued the holiday cheer with students by performing Christmas standards translated into Ute and arranged by late tribal elders Annie Bettini and Betty Howe. After the performance, youngsters of all ages were treated to a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause.