A beau­ti­ful day for Cov­ing­ton’s an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade

The Covington News - - OPINION - COLUM­NIST

My wife and I at­tended the Christ­mas pa­rade held to­day in Cov­ing­ton. The weather was beau­ti­ful and the streets and side­walks were crowded with fam­i­lies and chil­dren anx­ious to ac­knowl­edge the coming Christ­mas sea­son. There were march­ing bands and pa­rade floats ga­lore. Wait — there was some­thing miss­ing! Ex­cept for one band and one float of a manger, there was no sign of a cel­e­bra­tion of the birth of Je­sus Christ. I am not one to ex­clude the sec­u­lar cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas with Santa Claus for a strictly ex­clu­sive fo­cus on the birth of our Lord, but nei­ther do I wish to ex­clude the real rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion ei­ther. It would be nice to have seen scenes on floats with shep­herds keep­ing sheep, an­nounc­ing an­gels, a Star of Nazareth and of course manger scenes of the Blessed Mother Mary, St. Joseph and the baby Je­sus.

Cer­tainly with all the beau­ti­ful Christ­mas hymns that have been writ­ten, if played, would have surely stirred the Christ­mas spirit in those at­tend­ing. We fight on the na­tional level to pro­tect our free­dom of re­li­gion, strug­gle with the word­ing and man­dates of bills that may en­croach on that free­dom and oth­er­wise pro­fess our de­vo­tion to God and coun­try. But doesn’t that be­gin in our small towns? On the pa­rade floats lov­ingly put to­gether by our lo­cal churches? By the mu­sic se­lected by our high school bands? By the mes­sage and themes dis­played by our lo­cal civic or­ga­ni­za­tions?

I do be­lieve this is where it be­gins and also where we be­gin to lose that de­vo­tion.

Wil­liam Perug­ino is ac­tive in lo­cal and re­gional pol­i­tics and can be reached at 3pe­rug­i­nos@bell­south.net.

WIL­LIAM PERUG­INO

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