Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friendly Cheer

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas.
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them sing.
Soon it will be Christmas day.
Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, 1951

It was mighty chilly outside, but there was lots of warmth inside as my good friend and her daughters made a wide detour on their way home from university to join me for lunch. I love tea in bone china with Empress strainers, cozies and trivets (the food is very good too!).

A couple of mighty Clydesdale horses delighted many Saturday shoppers with a tour of the town's 19th-century core.

Along main street, the local business association provided hot apple cider and wandering a cappella carollers to entice shoppers out of the malls and into locally-owned stores.

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