Christmas to Remember coming your way on Sunday

From the Publisher
By: 
David Keyes
Laurel Outlook publisher

Even though it isn’t beginning to look a lot like Christmas yet, the calendar says Dec. 25 is just around the corner.
Thanks to this spate of good weather that has left us without snow, it appears folks have jumped on outdoor Christmas decorations in full force around here. I always feel a lot better about hanging lights when the ladder can actually touch terra firma versus snow and ice.
A minister once told me that everyone should put lights up in winter somewhere to make winter nights less dark. That stuck with me. And while I haven’t gone “full Griswald” on our house, lights are starting to be attached to trees, etc.
The residential areas in Laurel and surrounding towns are looking good and downtown Laurel just caught up. The Chamber of Commerce’s band of merry volunteers put up the lit decorations last Sunday in record time.
Many writers much more gifted than me have written volumes about the real meaning of Christmas, so I won’t attempt that here.
What I will share is my belief that Christmas is whatever you choose to make it.
If buying presents for everyone – including your favorite publisher – is your thing, great! There is a whole economy that relies on us all buying Christmas presents.
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t at least ask you to consider shopping in Laurel for some of your gifts this year. Amazon won’t mind. Just look throughout your local newspaper if you need suggestions.
Christmas is also about family and memories. Some people will tell you that while presents are appreciated, family memories, traditions and friendships are what last.
With that in mind, it isn’t a coincidence that this Sunday’s celebration in Laurel is called a Christmas to Remember.
The holiday kickoff has been a Laurel tradition since 1985 and has grown every year.
A Christmas bazaar will run from 10-3 at Laurel Middle School and Santa will visit beginning at 1:30. There will be childrens’ activities from 1-3.
If you are looking for some Christmas music, the Laurel HS band will perform at the Grace Bible Annex from 3-3:45. The Laurelaires will perform from 3:45 to 4:15.
The Christmas Lighted Parade will begin at 5:15 at Altana Credit Union. The route will take the parade from Altana to Main to Colorado Avenue and back to Altana. Of course, Laurel’s famous fireworks will light up the sky right after the parade.
Christmas is what you make of it. If you are looking for a Christmas to Remember this year, look no further than right here.
All the best!

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.

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