Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Comes to Town

It is a tradition that each year, on the first Sunday in December, our city's historic district welcomes the Christmas season by opening the doors to the magnificent antebellum houses and inviting all who would like, to come inside and see them all decked out for the holidays.

On many of the veranda and lawns you will find local school bands and choirs preforming mini-Christmas concerts.

This band was my personal favorite.  Of course there could be a wee bit of bias involved, since this is my own Dear Hubbie's Winter Ensemble;-)

Despite the below freezing temps with wind chills in the low 20's, they played beautifully!

The festivities included a parade of old cars with Santa leading the way in his makeshift sleigh.

After the concert I made my way along the street to take a peak at all of the lovely decorations.  At each open house there were ladies dressed in period costumes with fliers that told about each of the particular homes.  All were former residences which have now been converted over to businesses.

Unfortunately I was only able to photograph a few of the gorgeous Christmas displays because the intense cold killed my camera battery.

This group of carolers were members of a local church choir.   I think my flash may have startled them a bit.

And so dear friends, it is official, Christmas has come to my town. 

Does your town have a similar tradition? ~Rhonda


Vee said...

Yes, but not as grand as this! How wonderful that your hubby has a band. I'd love to have heard the music.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

No, our town has nothing like this. Matter of fact, they are struggling just to get a parade together. But oh how neat! Not to mention beautiful. What a neat little town you must live in. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

What fun! and such a beautiful town. I love the houses in the back ground.
I also love the fact that your town has kept its traditions...what a happy feeling..
Have a sweet day, hugs~Elizabeth

Verde Farm said...

Looks like a wonderful event. The decorations are beautiful and the homes...wow. Thanks for sharing.

Kathie Truitt said...

Oh yes, my hometown had the Christmas lighting ceremony the Friday night after Thanksgiving. The Christmas parade was the first Saturday in December, with Miss Merry Christmas leading the festivities. Thirty years ago this year, that particular Miss Merry Christmas was me. I look at the picture and then in the mirror and wonder where in the world that young girl escaped to.

bj said...

Hi, Rhonda..this looks like such a good time was had by all.

Hope your Christmas is full of wonder and blessings.
xo bj