Our World Tuesday: The Switch Flicking

The annual Christmas tree light switch flicking on Saturday got off to a good start with some spirited Christmas music, complements of the middle and high school bands. The Boy Scouts struggled with some bonfires that never quite took. (Apparently, not everybody honed his Cave Man Survival skills during the last power outage.) We were warm, though. Dad and mom had arrived early and pulled up nice and close to the gazebo. Down went the windows when the band teacher got things rolling, and life was good for us in our orchestra seats.

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Santa arrived in the fire department's hose truck, climbed the steps of the gazebo, flicked the switch to the Christmas tree, and was gone again.  Takes about three minutes.
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He waves for the entire three minutes, but his union contract does not include talking to children or handing out candy canes or even smiling.  But, heck, he's a busy guy.
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It was a time of cheer for everyone.
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Later in the evening, the little colored lights on the tree twinkled prettily.  
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Just across from the green, the hardware store had its halls decked with festive lights and fun decorations.  Here's one window.
From December 4, 2011


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  1. It's that time of year...

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  2. the joy that these lights can bring... it's now the season of advent. the most loved season here in the philippines.

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  3. Seems like a lovely parade.;) I love the first part of December when the celebration is still so pristine and enjoyable, before the final Christmas hype.;))
    xoxo

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  4. Ah, tis the season to be jolly, but those ladies in the fourth pic seem to question that!! Love your photos and do I catch a hint of cynicism in your words??? If so, it is understandable!! Somehow the current state of affairs does seem to be taking its toll on the holidays when even Santa can't smile and toss out goodies. But here's wishing you a wonderful day and a great week regardless!!!

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  5. The Christmas cheer is hotting up. Things moving fast. Being a bystander can be an enriching experience!

    Hank

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  6. Perfect start for the season.

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  7. I haven't seen much of Christmas so far, but I haven't been in Brussels'center either. I'll wait until the sun is shining to take some pictures.

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  8. Yeahup, those union Santa's are hard core. At least he got the lights on. Maybe a grievance from IBEW though. They maybe should have been the one to flick the switch on Santa's signal.

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  9. "It was a time of joy for everyone..." Ah well. I hope you and yours have more to smile about than Santa did.

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  10. What fun!! Fa la la la la.....
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  11. Lol … I guess giving out candy and smiles to kids could lead to trouble for Santa so better to leave the premises quickly. :) Love the festive red outfits on both people and pets. Sounds like a fun event ... and I bet the music was awesome!

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  12. We took some shots yesterday but at night they didn't come out as nice as it really was in front of houses.
    One woman was a bit upset to see lights flashing in front of her house.
    So why decorate? People will come to see lol Isn't this what it's all about? lol
    Santa should have stayed a while but like you say he has a lot to do and the Mom's didn't look happy he left lol

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  13. Anonymous4:54 PM

    Tis' the season! Waving back at Santa. Maybe Santa will give me a money tree this year. Ha!

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  14. Looks like everybody was having fun. Ours will be this weekend and I am looking forward to see the parade. ^_^

    Tulips

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  15. Our Christmas Market was last week - while we were cruising, hay-ho, we missed it.

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  16. fun Christmas festivities, let the parties begin! I have three this week. ho ho ho!

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  17. It is fun enjoying all the Christmas activities. Lovely tree and great photos. Have a great week, Sandy!

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  18. Anonymous5:55 PM

    Seen from here, a fairy-tale. Thank you. Please have a good Tuesday you all.


    daily athens photo

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  19. Wonderful shots. Very cool preparations for Christmas.

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  20. Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year. great captures.

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  21. Such cheerful shots.

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  22. Anonymous9:35 PM

    Loved going through your photos! Such fun!!

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  23. Anonymous11:35 PM

    Lovely pictures! But neither Santa nor the lady and dog seem very happy.

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  24. Now that's something new to me, Santa arriving in a firemen truck, lol ! (To blow out all the candles ?)

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  25. Lovely parade. I am not a fan of cold so I only saw the parade at Christmas when I lived in FL!

    Carolina Mts

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  26. Looks like a joyful start to Christmas.

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  27. loved this joyous post!

    what a great way for sharing the holiday spirit!

    such beautiful photos, too.

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  28. If that's the kid of Santa you have there it sounds like he could stand a new gig! Where's the fun? No Candy canes? Come on!

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