I so love Christmas and even with the commercialism and the hustle and bustle and all the running around…I just love Christmas.
There’s excitement and anticipation in the air, and for me, there is always the promise and hope that we will pause and remember that on that star-filled night – goodness arrived. I do believe that this is the time of year when we actually pause and take better care of each other and this year…may we all pray for peace to shine brightly in our world.
If you’ve experienced Franklin at Christmastime – you’re lucky…really lucky because from the moment the NOEL sign goes up in Downtown Franklin right through to Christmas Eve…there’s a special kind of magic in the air.
It’s small town magic and it’s filled with community spirit. It’s slower and easier and it’s truly festive…everyone is bundled up (because it’s cold…a totally new experience for me)…babies and children look like snow bunnies and it’s neighborly.
Franklin celebrates holidays in a very big way…but Christmas is off the charts and you almost can’t keep up with all the activities.
And it begins with the lighting of the Christmas Tree on Thursday evening, December 4th at 7:15pm thanks to the city of Franklin and Spring Tree Media. This year they’re taking it up several notches and it’s going to be spectacular!
For the first time in more than 10 years the Downtown Franklin Square will be closed so all attendees can view the movies and lights that will be projected onto the buildings and walk to the tree without any worry about traffic! Movies on buildings…are you getting curious?
You see…this is what I love about living in this beautiful small town at Christmas…it matters that families have easy access to the event. (The Square will be closed from 7-9pm.)
Now you can’t really have a tree lighting without some help from local schools singing carols. This year Freedom Intermediate School Honors Choir and Centennial High School Chamber Choir will fill the air with carols and their sweet voices, and of course – Santa will make an appearance. (I’m thinking photo op!)
It looks like it might be a tad bit chilly…but don’t let a little cold keep you inside. Break out the coats and hats and gloves and head to Downtown Franklin for the Tree Lighting Ceremony…let’s all sing some carols and experience just one more reason why Franklin, Tennessee is so magical at Christmas.
Do y’all know how lucky you are to live here?
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