Mt. Pleasant to kick off holiday season at Nativity
Mt. Pleasant will kick off its Christmas holiday season at 6 p.m. Sunday with the lighting of the borough's Nativity scene, including musical programs and the arrival of Santa Claus.
The community “Light Night” will feature the Nativity scene, which has been a tradition in the borough for more than 50 years.
“This will be the 55th year for the Nativity scene,” event chairperson Cindy Underwood said.
The Nativity is located at the Diamond area of Main Street in the borough.
“It's been a tradition in the town for many years,” she said.
The event will begin with caroling, provided by members of the mixed choir from St. Pius and Visitation churches, followed by the blessing and lighting.
“We'll have a short program, then light up the Nativity,” Underwood said.
After the program, more music will be held at the gazebo before the arrival of Santa Claus on the borough's firetruck. He will then had out treats to the kids.
Underwood said they usually hand out several hundred treat bags. Contents are made possible by the generosity of area businesses.
“Everything that is in the treat bags is donated by an area business,” Underwood said.
Underwood hopes to see another successful year and that families take advantage of the event. “I hope that families bring their kids to the Nativity to see the light and remind them of the true meaning of Christmas,” she said.
On Dec. 1, the Christmas celebration will continue in the borough with the annual Christmas parade at 11 a.m.
“This year's theme for the parade will be ‘Angels at Christmas,'” borough manager Jeff Landy said, adding that all the floats are to be themed. “We always get a nice turnout of floats, and we enjoy them.”
The parade is sponsored by the borough. Medic 10 will again donate prize money to be awarded to the floats that place first, second and third in judging.
The borough again asks that no one dress as Santa Claus for the parade.
“Santa Claus will close the parade,” Landy said.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the end of the parade, and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society will again host “Christmas at the Cabin,” featuring toasted marshmallows and roasted hot dogs that everyone can make over an outdoors campfire.
“That is always a big hit,” Mayor Gerald Lucia said. “People love to sit by the fire and make hot dogs.”
In addition, the new Gingerbread House tour will occur that day.
“They will be handing out maps (at the hot chocolate and cookie booth) so people can go and see the Gingerbread houses and vote,” Landy said.
Many of the stores on Main Street will offer “Santa sales,” featuring discounts and specials.
To finish the evening, the borough will host the annual candlelight procession at 6 p.m. Those who wish to participate may gather at the Church Street fire department station where a candle will be provided.
“We'll have readings that will include the story of the Christmas candle and the story of the Christmas tree,” Landy said. “Every year we get more and more people. We keep a symbolic candle lit then, that will be lit throughout the holiday.”
“We hope for another nice turnout, and when we do something for the community, we like to see the community take part,” Lucia said. “This is a great way to bring in the Christmas holiday, and this is how we do it in Mt. Pleasant. We can't wait.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.