Every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, our small town blocks off main street on both ends so that all the locals can come down and watch the Christmas tree lighting. All of the shops open their doors until really late and each of them have already decorated for Christmas and are offering cookies, cider, hot chocolate, candy canes, etc.
This was the first year that we have actually watched the lighting of the Christmas tree and it was so funny...standing around the tree and every direction you look you know the families that are surrounding you. I felt how the Who's in Whoville probably felt in the movie, The Grinch. I really thought that if I broke out singing their song they sing while holding hands around the Christmas tree that the whole town would have joined in.
The local book store had "Mrs. Clause" reading books to all the boys and girls who chose to sit around her...this was my girls' favorite spot.
Then the parade started with Santa on the fire truck lit up with Christmas lights going down Main Street with the siren on...and that let us know that the festivities had begun.
Santa then positioned himself in the Wells Fargo Bank where he is taking free pictures for all who desire to stand in line long enough to receive it. My girls could have cared less about their picture with Santa...they were more concerned with the fact that you get a balloon when you get your picture taken. Needless to say, we weren't waiting in the cold for a balloon.
We look forward to this night every year and love the feeling of our Small town Christmas Celebration.