The Christmas season is upon us, and while some may find myriad reasons to sit back and have the Ebenezer Scrooge attitude about this most wonderful time of year, we urge you to think more like Tiny Tim instead, and let the magic that Sampson County offers transform you.
Let’s celebrate the season as it is intended to be celebrated — enjoying each other’s company, sharing the gifts we can give and relishing in the festivities that will, no doubt, transform us from the bah-humbug thoughts of yesterday into the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas hopes of today.
One way to do that is by taking advantage of all the many ways to get into the holiday spirit, like any number of Christmas parades and festivities that are being offered throughout the county.
Newton Grove’s annual Circle of Lights was held Monday night and Garland kicked things off over the weekend with its first-ever Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony, two events we hope residents got the chance to attend. And those will be followed by the wonderful Christmas in Clinton events being held Thursday night, offering an array of fun-filled adventures assured to put you in the holiday spirit.
And that’s just the first few days into December, with the promise of more events on its heels, meaning you can just add to the merriment as the season moves into full force. Friday night, for example, begins performances of Sampson Community Theatre’s production of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a sure-fire way to be enveloped by the Christmas spirit.
Then, on Saturday, Newton Grove will hold its annual Christmas parade, complete with floats, high school bands and, of course, the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus.
Roseboro’s annual night Christmas parade will come the next Friday, Dec. 13, stepping off at 7 p.m., and that will be followed the next morning by Sampson’s largest and oldest, the annual Clinton Christmas Parade, which brings Santa to his downtown house where he will keep hours from Dec. 14 until Christmas Eve.
Those events will be followed closely behind by the Harrells Sing-Around-The-Tree, being held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Dec. 17. It’s another holiday favorite that brings participants together for some old-fashioned carolling and fellowship.
Enjoy one or all of these events, allowing them to fill you with the spirit of the season.
And, don’t forget to go Christmas shopping — locally — before, during and after each of these events. Just strolling through the aisles of some of our downtown stores will put you in the holiday spirit, and taking time to visit other local shops around Clinton and Sampson County, as well as in the local shopping centers, looking at their decorations and listening to their Christmas music, will help lift your spirits and have you humming even as you head to your cars.
And, after the shopping and the parades and the other events, take in one of the many Christmas cantatas, children’s Christmas plays and live nativities that are being held from now until Dec. 25.
It will remind us why we really celebrate this most magical and wonderful time of year.
Then before you know it, the Christmas spirit will have filled your soul, you’ll be kinder without even realizing why and you’ll smile more … just because.
And like Scrooge you’ll be repeating Tiny Tim’s words and meaning them — God bless us everyone.