A ‘Hometown’ holiday tradition


By Christine S. Carroll - Staff Writer



Myrna Troxler struggles with topping a tree outside her Webay consignment business. She waited till the last minute to put up the tree and a metallic-sounding singing Santa, and the tree refused to cooperate. But, she declared, “I can pull it off!”


Timm Dazey and his wife, Cathy Mooney, bring a festive air to browsing in the Woodpecker, a shop that offers homemade signs, crafts and honey. They never miss Hometown Christmas if they can help it, Dazey said.


Kallen Heath, 5, snuggles up to Mrs. Claus after detailing his wish list to her red-suited spouse. Kallen’s grandfather, James Heath, took his son to town for the festivities.


Kallen Heath, 5, recites his Christmas wish list for Santa at the Ellerbe Fire Department as the Cameronian Quartet sings nearby and elf Jingles listens in.


Debbie Rankin and Robbie Ballard sniff Christmas candles at the Woodpecker, searching for one that smelled like Christmas.


ELLERBE — Throngs of holiday lovers roamed Main Street Ellerbe for Hometown Christmas on Friday evening, munching tiny doughnuts, hopefully signing up for door prizes and swapping stories as they lazed in comfy antique shop chairs.

And when Mayor Lee Berry called for the plug to be inserted to light the town Christmas tree at 6 p.m., his worst fears did not materialize: Downtown did not go dark as the result of a flipped breaker.

“That would be much luck,” Berry mock-moaned beforehand.

As pretty as it was, though, the brightly lighted tree could not hold a metaphoric candle to “suburban Ellerbe” residents Timm Dazey and his wife, Cathy Mooney, who try attend Hometown Christmas every year.

At this year’s event, he sported a bright green Hawaiian-style shirt covered with surfing Santas. She wore a similar number in red.

“The only year we didn’t come was a few years ago, when I hit a deer,” Dazey said. He had to stay with a trooper till 9, missing the whole shebang.

On Friday, Dazey and his equally dazzling wife made the rounds of the shops, browsing and shopping before heading for the fire department, where the Cameronian Quartet sang Christmas songs.

Also inside the firehouse, Santa and Mrs. Claus welcomed a succession of small guests, each more shy than the next, as elves Jingles and Jangles — known on the street as Jayden and Walker Bradford — provided pointy-hatted atmosphere.

Though most children headed straight for Mr. Claus, one — 5-year-old Kallen Heath — formed a quick bond with the cushy Mrs., grinning and snuggling close as if to whisper secrets.

Outside in the dark, John Autry happily flipped burgers for the AMVETS as a nearly full moon acted as backdrop.

“Burger King’s got nothing on us,” he crowed as the fat from his burgers stoked an ever-rising and cheerful flame.

Myrna Troxler struggles with topping a tree outside her Webay consignment business. She waited till the last minute to put up the tree and a metallic-sounding singing Santa, and the tree refused to cooperate. But, she declared, “I can pull it off!”
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ehtc_1.jpgMyrna Troxler struggles with topping a tree outside her Webay consignment business. She waited till the last minute to put up the tree and a metallic-sounding singing Santa, and the tree refused to cooperate. But, she declared, “I can pull it off!”

Timm Dazey and his wife, Cathy Mooney, bring a festive air to browsing in the Woodpecker, a shop that offers homemade signs, crafts and honey. They never miss Hometown Christmas if they can help it, Dazey said.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ehtc_2.jpgTimm Dazey and his wife, Cathy Mooney, bring a festive air to browsing in the Woodpecker, a shop that offers homemade signs, crafts and honey. They never miss Hometown Christmas if they can help it, Dazey said.

Kallen Heath, 5, snuggles up to Mrs. Claus after detailing his wish list to her red-suited spouse. Kallen’s grandfather, James Heath, took his son to town for the festivities.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ehtc_3.jpgKallen Heath, 5, snuggles up to Mrs. Claus after detailing his wish list to her red-suited spouse. Kallen’s grandfather, James Heath, took his son to town for the festivities.

Kallen Heath, 5, recites his Christmas wish list for Santa at the Ellerbe Fire Department as the Cameronian Quartet sings nearby and elf Jingles listens in.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ehtc_4.jpgKallen Heath, 5, recites his Christmas wish list for Santa at the Ellerbe Fire Department as the Cameronian Quartet sings nearby and elf Jingles listens in.

Debbie Rankin and Robbie Ballard sniff Christmas candles at the Woodpecker, searching for one that smelled like Christmas.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ehtc_5.jpgDebbie Rankin and Robbie Ballard sniff Christmas candles at the Woodpecker, searching for one that smelled like Christmas.

By Christine S. Carroll

Staff Writer

Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673 or christinecarroll@yourdailyjournal.com.

Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673 or christinecarroll@yourdailyjournal.com.

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