Christmas is coming fast people!! I’m trying desperately not to get FREAKED OUT!!! I always start out excited about the holidays at the beginning of November. Then the craziness beats that joy out of me. I swear every year that, come December, I will be relaxing with my family, sipping hot chocolate and singing Christmas carols. Instead, I always end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off, praying I have enough money in my checking account to buy that one last gift. Ya feel me?? I bet you do!
Well, every year here in my sweet little town of Clayton, there’s one night where all the craziness stops and the magic seeps back in.
All bundled up and ready to head out!
Oh how I LOVE the handbells playing Christmas Carols.
It was snowing in Clayton!!!
The Live Nativity is always a highlight.
Santa’s workshop is hopping tonight!
Elvis came back from the dead just for our tree lighting!!!!
On this magical night, the people of Clayton snuggle up in their coats and gloves and head out into the crisp night air. We walk down the middle of Main Street with our friends and neighbors, listening to children’s voices sing and handbells ring. We stroll past the live nativity, where we all ooh and ahh over the sweet little baby sheep, oh and the baby Jesus. Children hold their Mama’s hands as they wait in line in the community garden to sit on Santa’s lap. Oh how I miss that. We sip hot chocolate and wait for the arrival of the Clayton High School Band. We all file in behind the band and follow them and Santa’s sleigh down to the town square. This is what we all came for!!
Be cool! Here comes the PoPo!
Sorry for the crappy pic, but here comes the Clayton High School Band!!!
And Santa Clause!!!! (My phone takes sucky pics at night. 😡).
There in the middle of our town square stand Mamas and daddies with anxious children on their shoulders, groups of teenagers trying to look cool, young couples holding hands, old folks, young folks and our community Christmas tree, all decked out but sad and dark. After the best decorated store front is announced and someone (usually our Mayor) sings a Christmas Carol, the huge crowd joins in the countdown “5, 4, 3, 2, 1”, and the darkness is replaced by the light of Christmas!!
It’s easy to see why this has become one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Some years are more magical than others, but this night always reminds me what this season is really all about.
Thanks for joining us on some of our favorite family Christmas traditions. What family traditions do you hold dear?? We would love to hear. Share in the comments below.
Come back next week for some FUN PARTY looks!! Woo Hoo!!!