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The East Bridgewater Kiwanis Club has been hosting Christmas on the Common for the last 27 years. It’s a great day for the town to come together and celebrate the holiday, complete with a parade and craft fair, games and food, and lots of seasonal spirit.
While the Kiwanis Club no longer runs the parade (it is now run by the town’s Recreation Committee) we still choose the parade marshal and this year’s marshal was none other than my father-in-law, Jack. He was chosen partly because this year is the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and Jack was a Scoutmaster in town for over 50 years. He was also chosen because of his dedication to our community and for being just an all around great guy.
Guess who got to ride with him in the Ford Excursion limo?
My sisters-in-law and I!
We were so excited and it was a blast! We uncorked a bottle of Nouveau Beaujolais to celebrate and enjoyed every minute of our celebrity status.
Jack loved waving to the people lining the parade route and we occasionally popped out of the sunroof to wave to special friends we saw along the way.
Once we reached the reviewing stand we took our places and enjoyed watching the rest of the parade. We liked it so much we’ve decided to pursue careers as Professional Parade Marshal Escorts. I’m sure that profession exists. It must.
There were Christmas dancers.
And sheep pulling a sleigh. I think they were slightly insulted to be associated with the concept of reindeer. I’m just sayin.
After the parade it was time for the tree decorating on the Common. This is the part of the day that I am in charge of and it involved different community groups from town decorating a tree to go along with the theme of the day. This year’s theme was Christmas Memories and the groups all did a great job with their trees.
Dale was proud to post in front of his Boy Scout troop’s tree with Hannah, as you can see.
And yes, Hannah came home just to attend this event. It’s a really special day for our community and she just couldn’t bear to miss it, especially when she learned that her grandpa was being honored.
Sometimes I really do think we live in Stars Hollow. Honestly, that feeling of small town warmth and camaraderie just can’t be beat.