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Letter: How (and when) to celebrate the holidays

Should Concord’s annual Christmas tree lighting be moved to Midnight Merriment? This is the question everybody is talking about this month.

At all the Main Street redesign meetings the question from merchants was whether shoppers would come downtown during construction. If the tree lighting goes on as planned, there will a large crowd downtown on Nov. 29 and then another crowd on Dec. 6 – two nights that you can plan on a crowd on Main Street. So, I would think the merchants would get together and come up with an event (smaller than Midnight Merriment) that will keep the crowd downtown after the tree lighting.

City Councilor Dick Patten points out that the Christmas season officially begins with the arrival of Santa Claus on Thanksgiving during the Macy’s parade. So, for this reason, the tree lighting needs to be the Friday following Thanksgiving. The question I now have: Why is the annual Concord Christmas parade the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving? I know the answer is that is because the school bands are not available Thanksgiving weekend. So why not move the annual Christmas parade to the Saturday after Thanksgiving weekend? This way it will be during the Christmas season.



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