It was in 1988 that the first Christmas on the Square (COTS) began, started by two women in business Margaret Morgan and Marie Thornton.The two wanted all shops to give back to the community as well as their customers for shopping with them. Open house, for an evening, was the beautiful time in downtown with Christmas lights and treats in all of the shops. People were overheard saying they loved the event and over the years it has snowed, rained...it was even hot one year.In that inagural year, it was also the first Christmas on the Square shirt designed by Sherry O’ Watters. “There were only 50 of them ordered and I had to reorder two weeks later because of selling out,” Watters said. It was funded by the downtown merchants at that time. The City took it over for a couple of years and then the Weatherford Chamber and in 2005, the Chamber offered it to Watters permanently and she has had it since.“There were four years - ’91-’94, when we didn’t have the money to produce the shirts,” Watters recalled. “I called the president of the Chamber at that time and asked to borrow $500 to produce the shirts.”She said Darlene Green, Tammy Gray and her paid the money back in two weeks and ordered another 50 to sell and then sold out of that bunch.“I design the shirt in watercolor and acrylics in about a week,” she said. “I take it to the printer, pick out the color of T-shirts and sweats, order them on my credit card and pay and pick up the shirts for delivery to my customers.”She said from there she pulls the presold ones first and tags each one. After that she “blings” the shirt with rhinestones, if the customer wants. “I put a lot of investment into Christmas on the Square because it’s all about tradition,” she said. “ I often have to ship a shirt or two up north. People who have been to one of these COTS and know what and where to get the shirt and expect to purchase it by mail. That is fun.“It’s a large project to do but it seems like every one likes the shirts,” she added. “There is one family that buys every year and wears them for the holiday and packs them away until they get a new design next year. They have been collecting shirts since around 1998.”She said after 26 years in business and doing the shirts all these years she doesn’t know if she will follow up on the new design for next year. “It’s been a great ride, but you never know,” she said. “I would not have believed that I would still be designing this years Christmas on the Square for 25 years either.”Watters is owner of Something Special Boutique, 126 b York Ave, Weatherford, 76086; 817-599-0294; www.sherryo.org firstname.lastname@example.org.