Yesterday afternoon, my sleepy little town woke up and came together for a Christmas celebration. For our annual tree-lighting ceremony, Galion organized a festive afternoon complete with free hot chocolate, ice sculptures, and a fun parade. Said parade welcomed a particular bearded man in a big red suit, and the shrieks of glee from all of the children echoed through the air. There really is nothing like seeing Christmas through the eyes of a little one, and it got me really excited about sharing Christmas traditions with my own kiddos someday. Shortly after the parade ended, a small band made its way to the stage, and everyone present sang carols together. Imagine a whole town singing a Christmas carol together; I felt like I was Whoville’s Cindy Lou Who.
After a couple of short songs, we all counted down, and the town lights were lit! Santa made his way to his tiny house, and he had plenty of little wishes to hear from all the kids outside his door. From here, my parents and I, along with our frozen fingers and toes, headed back to the car and went on a Christmas shopping adventure.
I loved seeing all kinds of familiar faces at the tree lighting, not only in the parade, but enjoying the festivities as well. In this hustle-bustle world that we live in, it’s nice that our community can still come together to enjoy the holidays. Thanks so much to my hometown for throwing a successful event!