Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Comes to Concord

What better way to usher in the holiday season than the annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks Display in the downtown area last night. Sue and I went last year and vowed to return again for this really great fireworks display. Now, I may be getting older, and my memory a bit shorter, but I know it wasn't this cold last year! With temperatutres hoovering in the high 30's, it really did feel a bit like Christmas is on it's way. And, due to the cold weather, the "speechifying" was kept to a bare minimum.

It was a pleasure to see a crowd of people gathered together without protesting anything. It's been quite a tense week, current events wise, and so the relief, and joy, of the crowd was palpable.

And, of course, when all was said and done, even the fireworks paled in comparison to the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Although, in one sense, it does seem that the holidays come earlier each year, at the same time, I can't help but wonder if this year we need the relief just that much more. Sue and I had a great time; we were there by 7:30 and home before 9. We may be getting older, but we seem to enjoy the simple things so much more than we used to. Well, at least we try to. Thanks to the Town of Concord for such a fun early evening event.

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