Small Town Magic


I realize that cities and towns the world over usher in the last weeks before Christmas with a ceremony that often includes the lighting of a tree. 

And it’s no different in Lunenburg. 

Or maybe it is. 

As the self-proclaimed “Balsam Fir Capital of the World”, Lunenburg County takes Christmas trees very seriously. It follows that the town would sport a real beauty. And everyone wants in on the action. So a lovely “festival of trees” cluster around the official tree – individuals, families, and organizations sponsor the trees.  There must be a hundred trees there this year (I didn’t count them). 

Several hundred people gathered last night to witness the lighting of these trees. There was such a lovely feeling in the group. 

People reunited with old friends, made new ones, enjoyed treats from the outdoor market and sang carols. I was lucky enough to stand next to a friend and former music teacher who has the most beautiful soprano voice.  (Naturally, I lip-synced). 

Children laughed and ran round with their friends – dogs barked. It was a joyful scene.

Then. The moment came for the countdown to flicking the switch and light trees.  A hush. 10, 9, 8 … 3, 2, 1!! A communal gasp!  And the perfect finish as the Kinderchoir sang a German Carol. 

And that, my friends, is a little bit of Lunenburg magic

(Apologies for the poor photo quality – caught up in the moment) 

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9 thoughts on “Small Town Magic

  1. pierrmorgan November 28, 2016 / 1:12 am

    Oh! Beautiful! We have a tree-lighting event here on Bainbridge Island, too. I went this year for the first time (lived here four) and it was wonderful. Just as you describe above…but only one tree.

    • JanetRimmington November 28, 2016 / 2:47 am

      You can’t beat a gathering of laughing children and twinkling lights!!

  2. Osyth November 28, 2016 / 2:02 am

    Oh so pretty. I never tire of trees lit up and all manner of other twinklers too thought here I have been quite aghast at the volume some people adorn their houses with – Im told one doesn’t want to be ‘that sort of neighbour’ which I have to say I rather understand!

    • JanetRimmington November 28, 2016 / 2:36 am

      Ha!! Yes! I hear ya! There is a massive difference between charming and ….. um … over the top. 😉

  3. Joanne Sisco November 28, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Normally lighting of a tree is just that – A tree. Wow! Lunenburg has a whole forest of them!! I’m sure it likes beautiful!

  4. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread November 30, 2016 / 12:33 am

    Truly the magic of the holiday season. 🙂 When we lived in Keene, on the other side of the state, they always had a special tree lighting ceremony that brought out the entire town. It was wonderful. 🙂

  5. Lucid Gypsy December 14, 2016 / 7:05 am

    How beautiful and a nice way to bring the community together!

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