Archive for Thursday, December 7, 2006

Busy time of year

December 7, 2006

Gosh, it's been a busy week, but then December is always a busy time of year. Seems like the day before yesterday that we were celebrating last Christmas.

On Sunday, we went to the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for the 20th year. If my memory serves me correctly, the tree that we used Sunday night was the fourth tree that has been used for this event. It is already getting too large and making it difficult for our city crew to string the lights so high.

The first tree was one that had been cut down from another yard and moved to the churchyard on the corner of First and Kay streets for that tree lighting ceremony. The next year, the ceremony was at the 4-H Building grounds. Trees there were used for several years. We finally got a tree of our own that had been planted right north of our new City Hall. We have used this for a number of years, and it is beautiful. Be sure to take a look when you drive by at night.

The festivities Sunday started out with children meeting at the high school to decorate and make lanterns that they later used in a parade into City Hall. They also were given a treat, a Santa hat and a special visit with Santa Claus himself.

The ceremony at City Hall consisted of a big welcome from Mayor Kenneth Bernard and introductions of all the area dignitaries, who in turn offered their good wishes to us.

We were entertained by two lovely musical groups - Katie's Dance Studio and the Sound Spectrum from Lansing High School. The Cub Scout color guard brought in the flag. A Girl Scout troop presented its donations and older Scouts carried boxes of canned goods. Checks and money were presented by other organizations also. All of this will help make a wonderful Christmas for our needy families.

This was a wonderful gathering of friends and families, and I would encourage you to attend next year and make it part of your annual "to do" list.

A history note: In 1882, the first electrically lit Christmas Tree was in Edward Johnson's parlor in his New York City home. He was vice president of Thomas Edison's electric company. There were 80 red, white and blue lights, encased in dainty glass eggs. It caused quite a stir at that time.

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