Friday, November 29, 2019

Holiday in Jacksonville, Oregon

            Early Thanksgiving morning, volunteers in Jacksonville, Oregon, begin adorning buildings in the tiny town with miles of fresh cedar garland in anticipation of the month long Victorian Christmas.  A huge tree is covered with lights and over-sized ornaments.  A parade through the center of town kicks off the celebration.

            A man brings his covered wagon, pulled by a beautiful pair of matched Belgians, offering rides for a fun experience and a different perspective.  Often, Victorian carolers leave their street corner to join passengers, asking all to sing with them.  Roasted chestnuts and hot apple cider are handed out as people walk along the festive main thoroughfare.  The mid-1800’s home of the Beekman family is opened for tours where guests are encouraged to sing Christmas carols next to the piano while viewing the tree, complete with candles, in the parlor.

            Father Christmas, in his long flowing red velvet robe, may be seen roaming the streets, often followed by his faithful elves.  For a private moment with the man of the season, you can visit the ‘North Pole’ where his wife sits quietly beside him before a lovely decorated tree.

            One of my favorite memories of this special time is when my now-grown granddaughter was two years old and loved watching those huge Belgian horses walk by.  Having snowflakes float down added to the enjoyment.

            This, and many other local holiday events my family and I enjoy, are featured in my novel.

            Wishing you all a joyous holiday season!

Diana Tobin
Author: Men of Maine series.
Facebook: Di's Maine Men

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