Saturday, November 19, 2011
And so it begins
Last night was the Official Town Light Up. Our crews have been working for 2 weeks to get all the Christmas lights and fixtures ready to go downtown. Last night we hosted a celebration in our newly renovated downtown square. The streets filled with people and the Mayor flipped the switch to turn on all the lights at once. After the light up and the Christmas Carols in the church, people headed to Dayle's Department Store where they revealed their Christmas window displays and lights.
This morning I headed to the "Bethlehem Market" at another downtown Church. There were lots of treats and goodies to buy and all the workers were dressed as sheperds. Very cute, plus I got to see lots of people I don't regularly see. I think half the town was there. One booth was staffed by one of my favorite people. He retired from my office a few years ago and is just the loveliest person. His booth was selling hugs for 50 cents, but I got mine for free . . . . SWEET
And then tonight is the main event - SANTA is coming to town. Yes, it is the Annual Santa Claus Parade. Our Parade is held in the evening and all the floats are covered in lights. It is beautiful. I'm invited to a friends house for her Parade Party. She lives right on the parade route and each year we get a front row seat on her front lawn. Plus she has a huge buffet of treats and in case we get cold there is an ample supply of hot cocoa or coffee sweetened with Baileys. And you know how I love that !
I have to tell you a little story about the Santa Float. My office is responsible for Santa's float. About 5 years ago I was tasked with re-designing the town's float. Its kind of important to make sure Santa's ride is impressive. If I do say so myself - it turned out fabulous. His sparkly sleigh and the reindeer are on top of a roof and we even had a smoke machine so smoke would be coming out of the chimney. The night of the Parade that year I was so excited to see it make its debut. I stood out in the cold and waited patiently for the parade to end as Santa is the last float. All the other floats went by all brightly lit and festive. And then I saw our truck . . . . Santa was sitting on top of the float - - in darkness. We had put hundreds and hundreds of lights on this float. Darkness.
WTF ?? I got on the cell phone looking for answers. Apparently about 10 minutes into the parade route, the driver looked in his rear view mirror and the generator was on FIRE . . . . Can you imagine ? I guess you just can't prepare for everything. It's never happened again, plus we have a back up now. I can laugh about it now but I wasn't laughing about it at the time.