Okay, I’m ready! In fact, I’m more than ready – for Christmas. Once the Hometown Holidazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival arrives, it’s all about the holidays in Wilmington and Clinton County. The parade took place the Saturday after Thanksgiving and it’s the unwritten beginning of the holiday season in our area. Thousands brave the cold to see illuminated parade entries as they roll down Main Street in Wilmington. Thanks to Rob Jaehnig for his leadership and all of the volunteers that make this event happen.
This year I broke my own oath, I shopped on Black Friday and bought electronics on Cyber Monday! I guess I am now part of the trap that many get caught in. I didn’t however shop on Thanksgiving. I refuse! That day was reserved for family, turkey and all the trimmings and giving thanks. How about you?
Have you started shopping? I am about half done and am planning on visiting our specialty shops this weekend for those people that you have no idea on what to buy. I love running into something and it just jumps out at you and says a person’s name. We do lists in my family but what happened to the idea of using a little ingenuity to choose a gift? Besides if we really need something most of us go out and buy it. Why not search your heart this holiday season and pick out something that will touch the other person’s heart? Isn’t that what Christmas is really all about? Drop in our local shops and find that special gift.
I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Debbie Stamper, Executive Director, Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau