Keep the festive mood this season

Published 9:43 am Thursday, December 7, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Christmas season has come to Chilton County. The weather is finally starting to feel like winter and each of the towns and cities have welcomed in this joyous season in some way.

The traditional parades and tree lightings seem to be close to the hearts of this community as each year they seem well attended no matter the temperature.

Though the festivities may look different in each town, each brings a rush of excitement that Christmas really is getting closer.

There is a warmth also as the community comes together. As crowds gathered for each event, for a while we could forget the stresses of the day. For a little while, we could take a break from the vhustle and bustle of work and shopping and planning and cooking and cleaning. For that moment, when the tree lights came on or the parade started or we made it to the front of the line for hot cider or free tacos, we shared the same excitement and happiness as the person next to us, the same as the group that had gathered.

Those who have attended these events for several years doubtless have many fond memories that would not have been possible without the countless people who put in countless hours of planning, decorating, building and scheduling to make it possible.

To the organizers of the parades, tree lightings, main street celebrations and Santa photo opportunities, we thank you.

Coming from a town that had downtown caroling and a tree lighting, I have enjoyed finding similar fun events here. I enjoyed the rush of anticipation staring at an unlit tree until it suddenly comes alive. I’ve enjoyed seeing the creativity of Chilton County in float designs and costumes. I’ve enjoyed seeing the talent of young people on display as they participate in the annual Clanton tree lighting. I enjoyed being able to cover Maplesville’s first Old-Fashioned Christmas.

My hope is that the anticipation, joy and moments of pause are something that each of us will carry through the rest of this season, making time to relish the time with family and friends.