As much as anything else, the season from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day is about traditions.
Maybe it's your tradition to rise in the wee hours of this morning to join the early-morning mad dash of holiday shoppers. Maybe you and your family will spend this weekend transforming your home into a Christmas wonderland of lights, garlands, candy canes and poinsettias. Maybe you'll spend it baking or skiing or writing Christmas messages to loved ones far away. Maybe you'll carve away quiet times to spend with family and friends. Maybe it's your tradition to put the holidays on hold until Dec. 24 when you fast forward into action.
Or, maybe it's your tradition to say "bah, humbug" to all the hoopla, as you make a mad dash to escape all those jingle bells ringing in your ears. As much as possible, you try to hibernate until Jan. 2. That's OK. We don't want to mess with anyone's tradition.
Still, here are a couple of community traditions that are worth noting and incorporating into your family's holiday festivities:
The annual Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. today at the old Gary King's building with the arrival of Santa Claus. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. The Electric Light Parade will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a bonfire and sing-along. The fireworks display will be at 8 p.m.
Soldotna's third annual Christmas tree lighting and fun night will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Parker Park and the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be part of the festivities. There will be free sleigh rides, refreshments and singing.
Both community celebrations are a reminder that during the busy holiday season, we should take time to enjoy this place we call home.
However you spend the next few weeks, we hope it will be a peaceful, pleasurable time for you and those you love.
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