Let the Season Begin

Over the past couple of years a handful of committed community members have been giving the old city park a make-over, installing a small pond and building a covered bridge over it. They decided our small village needed a tree in the city park and to have a proper Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The Scotts Mills Friends church was asked to lead in the singing and music.

Ed and I walked over about 20 minutes early so I’d have time to tune with the others and get our music in order. Even though it was early with  the evening rapidly growing dark and the temperature falling quickly through the 30’s people were noisily making their way to the park in happy anticipation.

We set up to the side, encouraged our fingers to be warm and nimble while papers with the words were passed around to the gathering crowd. With little advanced notice and no time to practice together we were an odd assortment: 2 accordions, 2 guitars, 1 fiddle and 2 singers. What fun we had making merry music, the people singing along with the well known songs and carols while waiting for the tree to light up and Santa to arrive. (ahem, why yes, with an ever expanding schedule he does need to make early appearances!)

A small speech was made by the mayor who handed the switch to the town’s informal matriarch, a woman who has volunteered her whole life to making this town a better place and seeing to it that people’s needs are met even when her own health has been poor.  She’s a humble person and only smiled before lighting up the tree. “O Christmas Tree”
Two large, black horses jingled forth with a waving Santa.
While the faithful steeds steamed in the cold night air,
Santa handed out bags of goodies and listened to children whisper their wishes.People sang, visited with friends and neighbors,  ate chili and cookies, and drank hot chocolate.

The songs were sung but music thrummed through the veins of Hairfeather, an accordion player who is a retired music teacher, and she kicked up an impromptu lively piece which soon had us jamming along with her in high spirits as she yodeled and sang la-la in her fine voice. Such fun!

Santa needed to continue on his rounds, and families were dispersing to put little ones to bed. Those who were still there assembled for pictures and goodbyes.
Such a wonderful start to this wonderful season when we look forward to the Advent of the Christ Child, and pray for peace on earth.


PS, this small park is next to the home lots that are for sale shown in the previous posting. 🙂


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

7 thoughts on “Let the Season Begin”

  1. What a wonderful way to start the Christmas season! These are the celebrations that are remembered long after the holidays. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. What an absolutely perfect evening – it has everything that makes me happy, good company, good food, joyous music! Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. THANK YOU! That was a nice Holiday respite!
    We managed to make the Christmas Parade in
    downtown Yreka, but opted out of the tree lighting here
    in Montague, but it is always festive!
    Remember, St. Nicholas day is Tuesday!

  4. We had our Advent Christmas dinner at my church tonight, and four of us played Christmas carols on our violins. It was a lot of fun and there was lots of singing and playing in between courses of delicious food. We do have a tree-lighting ceremony in our city, but unfortunately we don’t have the cozy small village atmosphere that you have. No steaming horses, no hot chili. And because it’s such a big city, there’s not much neighbourly feeling. I think there are almost 800,000 people in my city now!

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