Festivities in the Village


People came from near and far. We had missed

that small town feeling.  They hurried to

the village square to view the festivities of the

tree lighting.  Firetrucks galore, some antique,


some big, some small.  Each with unique sirens

and horns and all decorated with lights.  Some

with Santa and his helpers aboard.  It was the feeling

of small-town America celebrating traditions.


Earlier in the day we enjoyed shopping in small

shops on Main Street.  We had been viewing the

preparations all week long.  First came live fir trees

on Main Street.  Later decorated with lights.


The big tree lighting ceremony in the village square.

As a child, I was mesmerized by visions of Santa on

his sleigh pulled by reindeer.  To my surprise, there

was Santa above the streetlights and rooftops! 


Magically, Santa appeared to cross over the street

above us!  As we shopped and paused to rest our

feet, there were benches galore on the sidewalk.

Our daughter had invited us to celebrate Thanksgiving


with her.  For the first time ever, we enjoyed the

tree lighting ceremony, singers, and parade of area

firetrucks.  The parade wound down Main Street and

then past the library.  Each truck had its own unique


sound.  There was a chill in the air, so we bundled up

to view the parade and tree lighting.  At home in

Upstate New York, there is an ice-skating rink near

our big tree.  The village square where our daughter lives


brought back a flood of memories of my childhood

in Massachusetts.  My heart prefers life in a small,

rural setting so I get nostalgic when I am reminded

of that childhood.  My daughter had enjoyed her


year spent in a tiny German village where neighbors

came out to celebrate holidays.  Life is good in hamlets

and villages.  For me, home is where the heart is.

Happy December festivities to all!  Enjoy the moment!


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16 Responses to Festivities in the Village

  1. RN says:

    Well said. We all need to cry like little children at times, and what better time than with family members around Christmas?

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  2. A lovelly post… Oh, the wonder of it all! 🎄 Blessings and love to you and yours during this holiday season and beyond, dear Mary Ann! 💞

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  3. Darlene says:

    What wonderful decorations and sentiments. Have a lovely Christmas season. xo

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  4. Arno Bode , Cologne ,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    Eine Darstellung , die die Seele und Gefühle berührt . Es ist faszinierend wie Du die Liebe zur Familie in Worte kleidest.
    Dir ,liebe Mary Ann , Russell , und Deiner Familie wünsche ich
    eine gesegnete Weihnachtszeit.
    Alles Liebe,
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno,
      herzlichen Dank. Die Darstellung kommt vom Herzen. Der Herr hat viel damit zu tun, glaube ich. Du hast auch ein Geschenk mit Deiner Wortwahl. Die Iren haben einen Ausdruck: man hat die Gabe des Gesprechen(the gift of the gab). Gab ist umgangssprachlich für Sprache im Allgemeinen. Ich wünsche Euch auch eine gesegnete Weihnachtszeit. Kommt der Nikolaus am 6.12.? Alles Gute
      Deine Mary Ann 🙂 🙂


  5. Emily says:

    Was a great time! Love the holiday season and thankful to have been able to spend it with you and dad! Lovely blog post. Xoxo

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  6. There’s something special about the season, and you have captured it well. Happy December festivities to you and your family, too!

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  7. Mabel Kwong says:

    What a great time you had in Massachussets. That photo of you and your daughter is lovely. It certainly looks like Christmas is in the air and those decorations are beautiful. There’s something special about being in a small town and celebrating together. It’s like everyone is part of the party. Happy holidays and festivities, Mary Ann.

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    • Mabel, thank you for noticing our Christmas decorations. I grew up in rural Massachusetts until we moved to Colorado at age 10. The decorations are on Long Island in New York where our daughter is currently located. I love small towns especially if they are near larger places for cultural activities, shopping, etc. Do you decorate for the holidays? Be well. oxox


      • Mabel Kwong says:

        It’s always lovely when small towns are accessible so you can get out and about easily. I decorate minimally during the holidays, putting up decorations that have meaning to me. For instance, I have a mini Christmas tree that was given to me by my mum years ago, and that’s the tree I put up each year ❤

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      • Mabel, thank you for your informative comment. It is a lovely gesture and comes from the heart to honor your mother by putting up the small tree. Meaningful gifts are always appreciated by this writer. Be well. ❤

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