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An old-fash­ioned Christ­mas

Each of us grows up with unique hol­i­day tra­di­tions. As we grow older and marry, new tra­di­tions are borne, as we meld the cus­toms of our fam­ily with those ob­served in our spouse’s old house­hold. When chil­dren en­ter the pic­ture, we raise them to cel­e­brate these spe­cial hol­i­day rit­u­als, too.

Most of us of the baby boomer age didn’t start to even think about the hol­i­day sea­son un­til about this time of year, when the kudzu has been singed by frost and the red cheeks of our friends and neigh­bors shines through the some­times gloomy cold days of late fall.

In re­cent years, ma­jor stores started putting up Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions way too early, well be­fore the first trick-or-treater had ar­rived at the door. At first, this was a ma­jor shock to those of us who revel in tra­di­tions.

Now, most of us just ig­nore the early start of the com­mer­cial hol­i­day sea­son. We still wait un­til just the right time to start our cel­e­bra­tions.

That’s what we do in Cov­ing­ton and Newton County: We start the hol­i­day sea­son when it is sup­posed to start.

At 6 p.m. Thurs­day, our com­mu­nity will gather down­town on the square to en­joy the of­fi­cial light­ing of our fa­mous old his­toric courthouse.

There will be sing­ing, car­riage rides, and Santa, too. We will see chil­dren with that spe­cial sparkle in their eyes that only comes with this time of year.

The mer­chants on the square will be open for your spe­cial shop­ping needs and the Cov­ing­ton News staff will be there, too, serv­ing up some hot ap­ple cider and cook­ies.

So, stop by and see us as we be­gin the hol­i­day Christ­mas sea­son the old-fash­ioned way.

In step with the sea­son

An­other great hol­i­day tra­di­tion, the Cov­ing­ton Christ­mas pa­rade, be­gins at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 4.

The Cov­ing­ton Lions and Main Street Cov­ing­ton are once again work­ing to­gether to present the pa­rade, which is themed “The Magic of the Christ­mas Sea­son.”

The grand mar­shall this year will be Newton County’s Teacher of the Year.”

See Page 6A for more on the pa­rade and how to en­ter.

Christ­mas pa­rades bring out the child in all of us. We ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of the Lions and Main Street Cov­ing­ton for work­ing so hard to keep this fine tra­di­tion alive.

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