I wasn't sure what to expect here from weather to wind to celebrations and expectations. How does this town and its people spend their Christmas Holiday?
Sandi and Ben began this tradition of decorating for Christmas in their own home. But five years ago they needed more room and in one of the perks of being in a small town you can just walk over to see the Mayor, Chester Riley both then and now, and just ask. With a smile and a handshake it's done.
But it's not just about the scenery. And this is what makes small town living so special. It is about community. They collect food, donations, and toys to share with others who have less this holiday season. There is hot drinks and yummy treats to keep you warm as you walk around and talk to neighbors and new friends and watch children be delighted with the wonders of this time of year.
While there are not a lot of decorations around town, I did notice that there are some hanging on the overhead street lamps. The truth is, this time of year can be a little harsh weather wise. Winds make it difficult to do much outside, but that hasn't stopped Christmas from happening inside if you know where to look.
I was also invited to participate in a long time tradition called "Las Posadas." This is a nine day celebration in which people go each evening to families who open their homes and celebrate with food, drinks, and music. The Catholic Priest offers blessings and everyone is invited to offer what they seek in terms of prayers being answered for those they love the most.
I've talked to a few people who are going out of town to their families and also families coming here to reunite and spend the holiday together.
Which is what Christmas has been about. The commercialization of Christmas took hold in the last years and the meaning has gotten lost for so many. It's much harder to lose that when you know your neighbors names and the story of their lives.
Merry Christmas to all and may your homes be warm, your blessings cherished, and your wishes upon your stars granted.