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Residents in Chrisman celebrated our town’s annual celebration on December 1st. All of the details were carefully planned out, but things did start with a couple of hurdles. Planning began for the celebration a few months a head of time.
The first item on the list was to find a replacement for the giant ‘Frosty the Snowman’ inflatable that had been a main attraction to the park for many years.
Last year, Frosty received some damage due to the high winds and a hole was ripped into it. Without anything for the bandstand, members of the community believed that the park would look bare.
Commissioner Cory Chaney reached out to find replacements, but was met with high costs out of his budget. Chaney didn’t give up and was able to secure a twenty foot lighted Christmas tree to be put on the bandstand.
Hanging Christmas lights on the poles around the square and our town was another hurdle the celebration had this yea. Chrisman’s bucket truck was out of commission, so the search was on to find someone to help. Chaney reached out to Chris Redman, at the Paris Streets Department, for some help. Two weeks later, Redman along with his crew and the Chrisman city workers hung the lights. Lewsader Electric also assisted with any electrical matters.
As the day for the celebration drew closer, members of the community were given the go ahead to decorate the park the day after Thanksgiving.
This allowed families who may have once lived in the community to be able to decorate with their family members.
The night before the event, Chrisman Area Community Club President Dan Moore rode around the park to make sure all the lights were working and things were all in place.
For being the first week in December, the weather was nice for all to be out to enjoy the celebration. Carriage rides were available provided by Mary Beth Carriage Rides. Cindy Tomlinson was set up in the old Deli building, along with Katie Lund from the Edgar County Humane Association and Beth Hoult, who was selling raffle tickets for the Janet Hoult Benefit that had taken place earlier in the day.
The Chrisman FCCLA members were also set up to help with wrapping presents. Home Economics teacher Mary Phipps, who is set to retire at the end of the school year, was set up with her successor Nicole Brown. FCCLA members Serena Raimer and Sabrina Boyer were also helping.
The Chrisman Area Community Club hosted their annual Chili supper in the American Legion. Members of the community filled their stomachs with warm chili before going outside to view the lighted Christmas parade.
While waiting for the parade to begin, photos were able to be taken around the park, as well as outside the deli with the holiday favorite ‘red truck’ provided by Gene Rigdon.
A total of fifty entries were signed up for the parade and lined up by Pleasant Meadows.
Community businesses, along with the Chrisman Band marched around the square and after the parade, the children in town rushed to the Chrisman Public Library for an appearance from a very special visitor, Santa Claus. Santa sat down in a big chair by the fireplace and read the children ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’.
The children sat quietly as Santa told the story of his Christmas night visit. Children were then able to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas and received a candy cane, a snack and water as they left the library.
A special thank you to all who made this year’s Christmas in Chrisman such a big success, for all the time and hard work that you put into making it special.