Get into the Christmas spirit

December 10, 2013

If you’re not yet into the Christmas spirit, it’s of your own choice.

There is plenty happening in Richmond County that, regardless whether the temperature is 78 degrees and sunny or 45 and dreary, can help lighten the spirit.

We’ve had tree lightings in Hamlet and Rockingham earlier this month. Last weekend was Christmas on the Square in downtown Rockingham. This week, beginning Thursday, there is a series of events in Hamlet that is all but guaranteed to put you in a festive holiday mood.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, go enjoy the Richmond County Christmas Parade. The Hamlet Rotary Club has mapped out a parade route through downtown Hamlet. Entries include vintage fire trucks and, of course, the man in the red suit himself, Santa Claus. The weather forecast calls for 45 degrees and sunny.

The event flyer says it all. On Friday and Saturday, each day from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., we encourage you to return to Hamlet for the sixth annual Old Fashioned Christmas. The festivities include live music, entertainment, games and Santa. Mr. Claus will be on a 1953 Farmall tractor on Hamlet Avenue on Friday. On Saturday, the chief elf will be listening to Christmas wish lists at main Street Central.

The events are free, and there will be plenty of hot chocolate to go around. Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 52. On Saturday, it might rain, but it might also reach the low 60s.

People have mentioned that there’s nothing to do in Richmond County. Well, that’s true only for the people who choose to make it so.

Our advice? Don’t be a part of that minority group. Instead, enjoy being with life-living, enthusiastic, giving people who are, like you, yearning to be a part of a better today. No matter the weather, dress appropriately, including attire and attitude, and have fun.