Christmas Postathon Day 11

A Favorite outing this Year

We don’t plan on taking many big outing this season but one small one we take each year is very close to home. One evening before Christmas, quite possibly this weekend since the temperature around here has been unseasonably mild, we take a walk to our town’s business district just a few blocks away.

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Just before Thanksgiving each year, the local firemen string greenery and lighted wreaths across Main Street. They also set up a child size village in the park next to the library. At the center of this village sits Santa’s house (it’s actually more like a shed) and on weekends following the Holiday parade, which is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Santa hangs out there and talks with the children who stop by.

All of the little shops downtown have holiday decorations in the window and the theater is usually showing a Christmas play. Occasionally, there will be trolley and carriage rides as well.image

A block or two past Main Street we can follow the glowing lights to the biggest Christmas display in town. Six houses and their yards are all lit up and filled with numerous holiday items. They have all eight reindeer peeking out of their stable, moving Dickens carolers, blow up figures galore and even the California Raisins (anybody remember there?) wearing Santa hats! Holiday music is piper overhead and Mr and Mrs Claus have been know to show up here as well.

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For ¬†about thirty years the families who live in these houses (father and sons) have made this display a tradition in town. They start setting up in September and open the display in December each evening from 5:30 to 8:30 for all to enjoy. Even though our kids are grown we still go. It’s a cool little outing that we look forward to each year. ¬†What a great way to get in the Holiday spirit!

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