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Editor's Notebook: Sewickley sparkles when it comes time to celebrate Christmas

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By Debra Utterback
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

If it was up to me, Christmas decorations would go up the day after Thanksgiving (as they do in many homes) and stay up for months.

There's something warm and cheery about a home — and a village — filled with glistening Christmas ornaments, bright decorations and colorful lights.

I guess it's no accident that I ended up living in the Sewickley area, where Yuletide in the Village takes center stage this time of year. Holiday memory makers, such as horse-drawn carriage rides, December fireworks and decorated shop windows, lure festive people into the borough streets.

And, what could be better than seeing Jolly Old St. Nick stopping by to greet children in the gazebo in Wolcott Park?

I grew up in another community with neighborhood Fourth of July bike parades and a borough-sponsored Halloween parade, where costumed kids marched much like they do each October in Sewickley.

At Christmastime, Santa drove around the neighborhoods in his big, red Cadillac. Everyone decorated their homes with colorful light displays, watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and drove to tree farms to pick the perfect pine.

But Yuletide in the Village? We didn't have anything so elaborate. Sure, the post office, grocery store and churches were decorated for the holiday, but there wasn't a community celebration of the season.

Sewickley truly is a special place with the many holiday activities hosted by businesses, churches and other organizations on Light Up Night, which is scheduled on Friday, and the Santa parade on Saturday.

Light Up Night is a great time to share a cup of hot chocolate or a meal in town, make Christmas ornaments at the Sewickley Public Library, listen to music on the streets or shop for the holiday.

Residents who live here have been busy putting pumpkins away and getting out garland and other decorations in preparation for the annual tradition.

It is a magical time seeing the effort made by everyone and the teamwork involved in the small town to provide holiday events for families and shoppers.

I've talked to some people who think Thanksgiving is rushed and the decorating for Christmas starts too early.

Bah humbug! It's never too early.

Debra Utterback is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-323-1403 or

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