Yesterday was Christmas in November. Almost every community had various Christmas markets going on, Harrison Hot Springs had its opening night of Lights on the Lake with entertainment and fireworks and historic Downtown Abbotsford had it's Winter Jubilee, complete with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, and the Grinch.
I raced back from Harrison Hot Springs to Abbotsford yesterday afternoon for the opening of the Winter Jubilee at 4 PM so that I could welcome visitors from the stage as president of the Downtown Abbotsford Business Association. The crowd was small, my welcome was brief. Are people afraid of the rain that was predicted, I asked myself.
But then the crowd started growing. And growing. Perhaps they delayed to intentionally miss my welcome speech. But then the crowds grew. And grew. And soon the streets were filled with booths, vendors, children's activities, music from various venues, including the main stage, and people. Lots of people.
The lineup to see Santa was immense.
I considered entering the lineup to once again ask Santa for what I have asked for my entire life . Charm and good looks. But Santa has always failed to deliver and this time the lineup was way too long. And it just seems wrong to sit on Santa's lap at this time of my life.
As I left early to head back to an event in the Agassiz area, I walked against the flood of people who were still entering the downtown. In my estimation, the event was a massive success. We provided a Christmas experience to thousands of people in The Abbotsford area and an opportunity to showcase our businesses, both new and old. I have been involved in the downtown Abbotsford Business Association for about 23 years and president for several of those years and I am immensely proud of the professionalism of last nights event. I have only gratitude for our staff, volunteers, sponsors, and businesses that took part.
The only downside of the evening was that in order to play my very small role in the Abbotsford event I missed the opening of Lights on the Lake in Harrison, which apparently brought thousands of people, a phenomenal firework show, and the entertainment of such great musicians as Todd Richard and the TR band
If only there were two of me . There's a thought that will give my wife nightmares.
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