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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 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in a very busy city, and I didn't really grow up in a small town, but when I spend time with my dad, my grandma and I used to go places and almost everyone knew her name. We would all go to the Strawberry Festival and the Hot Dog Festival. It was nice. Where my dad and grandma lived, it wasn't a small town, but it wasn't huge, either. It's a nice town. I kind of wish I could move there. Honestly, I wish I could move period. I really want to be out of Stoplight City. If I have to stay here, I at least want a house where there are no neighbors who blare their systems day and night. Sorry...I didn't mean to go off topic.
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   Posted 12/6/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning and Ho Ho!!
Well, I've been one of the organizers for these types of events for the past 10 years.  Most people don't realize or just take for granted that these holiday events just happen.  But they take a tremendous amount of work, right down to the last bulb on the string of lights for the downtown Christmas tree.  Is there enough hot chocolate to go around.. who's going to donate it??  Where will we get our little characters for the parade, who's taking the phone calls for the community food bank for the holiday meals, how will those in need get a little package to open on Christmas morning and where will those gifts come from?  Does our little town have enough $$ in the Holiday account to provide and share the joy, if not, where will we get donations from.  We start planning the next holiday immediately after the last one.
Our communities need a LOT of help when it comes to pulling off these events.  If you really want to feel the real spirit of the holidays, volunteer for something or someone that won't have a Christmas (or equivalent holiday) with out your help.  You don't have to have any money at all to help.  Just a little time and a lot of love for your neighbors.  Maybe you can be a gift wrapper for a child in need or answer phone calls at the local shelter.  Or perhaps find donations for your Humane Shelter's dogs and cats.
As an organizer I attend these events and I take great pride in all of those who make it happen.  Being helpful, no matter how big or small,  to the organizers of these events, is the greatest gift of all.
Much love to all....
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   Posted 12/6/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
When we were in the service we didn't have a choice where we lived but after DH retired we wanted our boys to be raised in a small town since both of us were. We figured in a small town if the boys were doing anything they shouldn't be we would hear about it, you know how small towns are. smilewinkgrin Now we live in a town of about 18,000 and I would like to live somewhere a little bigger. But I'm not a big city girl and never will be.
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   Posted 12/6/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
The town I'm in now is large.  There really is no "downtown" so we are building one.  We have plans for charming old fashioned buildings and even a band gazebo!  I can't wait 'til it's finished.
But, before I moved to sunny, warm Florida (hehehe) I lived in a small community filled with century homes.  It was fantastic and they built a gazebo and formed a community band.  It was filled with adults...and my 15 year old daughter!  She plays a fantastic trumpet and at the time was asked to be in the band.  So, she would go to practices with all these band members that were old enough to be her parents and grandparents.  They would perform once a month and the community really came out to enjoy them.  It was wonderful and she loved it. 
We would have Santa arriving by helicopter, too!  It was such a special, charming town.  Thanks for helping me remember this!
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