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   Posted 12/5/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
A warm Sunday to you all!

I was just reminding hubby that the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in our tiny town is tomorrow evening. What's most fun is our doctor has a small band who plays at events like this. They mostly play old fashion polka and um-pah music and always at the holiday time the community loves them to play Christmas carols. My oldest grandson joined the band a couple of years ago but most are nearing retirement or well past with a few younger folks joining in. It's fun to see doc in his jeans, sneakers and ball cap wearing his tuba...this man is probably about 5'9" and maybe The tuba is bigger than he is. But he and the entire band are such sweet people. I do love this small town feeling.

Are you in a small town where you can participate in this type of event, or did you grow up that way? Share some of your memories if you will, please.

Chutz (who will be the one bundled in 12 layers at the tree lighting tomorrow since it probably won't get above freezing for a couple of days. Rudolph won't be the only one with a red nose.) wink
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   Posted 12/6/2009 1:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody...

That's exactly how I spent my Saturday night - at our city's Tree Lighting ceremony. My husband and I were commenting on the fact that we've pretty much have lived here our entire lives - and had never been until tonight! There was a good 600 or 700 people there. Our church has a kids' choir, and three of the boys are in it...and they sang on stage tonight. We don't get out often as a "whole" family anymore (all 8 of us), due to my health; so, it was extra special for that main reason. Just being together, laughing, drinking hot chocolate, etc. I hope these are the things the boys will look back and remember...

And, yes, it was cold! Well, the San Francisco Bay Area's version of COLD :) I somehow forget the couple of years we lived in Denver, CO...and learned what cold really is!!

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   Posted 12/6/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to be in 4-H during my childhood....and one of the things I remember very well at Christmas time was the club Caroling Senior citizen's around the community. Many a time it was so cold...and I was hoping the person we were caroling would invite us into their warm home. Every once in a while we would get lucky and they would have hot apple cider, and cookies for us....I especially remember the peanut butter/chocolate chip cookie bars.....yummy! They were so grateful for us coming to sing and visit them. I wish the kids around here would do that.

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   Posted 12/6/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My hometown (a small country town in New England) has a tree lighting ceremony as well. I'm not sure when it is this year, though. It may have already happened. I haven't been since I was little, but it was nice. Our little country general store would give out free hot chocolate & everyone would gather around the tree & sing Christmas carols. The older I get the more I miss small things like that that I used to do when I was little. Christmas especially was so magical as a kid, sometimes I wish I could have that back.


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   Posted 12/6/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Our tree lighting ceremony is on Friday after Thanksgiving. We usually have a parade down one of our main streets and end up in the park and the mayor and several city commissioners turn the lights on in the park. The Santa arrives via Firetruck and set up his visiting station for the season. We used to go every year but have found that when it is cold......we might stay home. This year we stayed home. It is cold in KS tonight brrrrrrrr.
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