El Defensor Chieftain hosted its first Santa's Jingle Bash featuring area artists, craft designers and bakers from a four-county area. The event, which was free to the public, attracted more than 40 vendors who filled the gymnasium floor at Finley gym in Socorro. Those attending the event came from as far away as Rio Rancho and Albuquerque to the north and Truth or Consequences and Silver City to the south. The event was conducted in conjunction with Finley gym's Breakfast with Santa event.