Saturday, December 4, 2010

Officially Kicking off the Holiday Season


In so many communities across New England,  towns officially kick off the holiday season with a day of festivities.  Mid-afternoon we head down to the town center where we begin with the Christmas parade.  The parade is short, but very sweet, and includes Fife and Drum Corps from all of the neighboring towns, some decorated farm animals, and a generous number of tractors.




The shops are all open and fully stocked.


This year as it was getting dark, we picked up some hot chocolate and enjoyed the lights of the decorated side streets before heading over to the town green for the tree lighting.

12 comments:

Tammy B said...

I just back from a parade in the small town that is about 5 miles away. Lots of fire trucks and kids. It really put me into the spirit of the season.

Sam said...

Our local parade was petitioned by the local jewish community on the basis that the town would allow them to put up a menorah next to the tree. A great shame but there we are.

Mona said...

Fabulous photos! They captured the holiday spirit. Lovely cable knit sweater you were wearing. Would you please be so kind as to share it's label? Thank you for sharing.

Kathie Truitt said...

Muffy, you're not all bundled up - is your weather unseasonably warm?

Nancy said...

Muffy, I just love love love your blog! Great Christmas scenery, glad you shared.

I was just curious, what is your MOST coveted sweater?

Also, I am in search of the perfect hooded rain slicker... would you be kind enough suggest something appropriate.. thank you and hope you enjoy the holiday season!

Terry said...

Took my grandsons to my hometown parade last night. Lots of firetrucks, horses, high school marching bands, etc. To be able to take my grandsons to the same parade that I went to, that their dad went to - nothing like it. So look forward to each new entry on your blog. You touch a place in my heart!

Tabitha said...

Absolutely wonderful, I look forward to spending Christmas in New England again, my husband has never been so I shall drag him over one year.

Ryan P. said...

Muffy,

This post truly gave me that warm holiday season feeling! Thanks for a great season kick-off.

-Ryan P.

P.S.: I think I would make a similar face when holding Decision Points !

Pink One said...

I love that Santa is being pulled by a John Deere tractor! We have a nice, small Christmas parade in our town each year as well.

j.mosby said...

Christmas in New England...it doesn't get any better.

Susan said...

Hot cocoa and bookstores, two of my favorites. I love that the sheep were dressed up too. What a wonderful town you must live in. We finally went on our family trek to select the perfect Christmas tree last night. It was so darn cold, but we were laughing so hard and having so much fun that no one seemed to care that we couldn't feel our hands ears, nose and lips anymore. We ended up with an 11 foot beauty, photos to come on my blog.

Anya said...

Was the bookstore shown R.J Julia? I love going there every summer! (Our family has a cottage in Clinton CT)