There is a nice rhythm to life here in Jefferson. Life is predictable and comfortable. For instance, you know that if it is the day after Thanksgiving all the town’s folk are going to gather around the gazebo at Lions Park and light the Enchanted Forest. That is why Friday night, I joined my friends and neighbors for the traditional kick off of the Christmas Season in Jefferson in Lions Park.
Every year the Historic Jefferson Foundation sells over a hundred Christmas trees to local businesses and townsfolk. These beautiful trees are all decorated and lit for the enjoyment of all in the Enchanted Forest in Lions Park. It is quite a spectacle to see that many lit Christmas Trees in one place decorated and twinkling in all of their glory. Just the very sight of all of these trees will turn any Scrooge into a Christmas Elf.
We all gather at dusk at Lions Park for the official Tree Lighting ceremony. Carols are sung, poems are read, and excerpts from plays are acted out. It is a jouyous and cozy celebration of Christmas in a small town. Everyone knows everyone and we all wish each other a Merry Christmas. If you have never made it to Jefferson during the holidays, then you are missing a wonderful small town (think Norman Rockwell) Christmas.
Here are the pictures from this year’s event. Enjoy!