My name is Lilly and I wanted to share with you about this really fun thing our town does the first weekend in December every year. It is called Hometown Holidays and everyone in town comes out to all these different events. Christmas is my favorite holiday and my mom and dad call me the "Holiday Cheermeister" because I have more Christmas spirit than anyone they know. My family and I went to see the Miracle Trees at Central Hall. I love seeing all the pretty trees and it makes me happy that the people who do the Miracle Trees are helping places that help people. The penguin tree the police department made was my favorite. They give all their they make on tickets to businesses that help people. Next we went and did Reindeer Games. My mom said is was sponsored by PRYMCA where I love to go swimming in the winter!
There is so much to do in town for the holidays I couldn't get to all of it but I wanted to share with you my favorite parts. Aside from playing all the fun reindeer games, I went to the library and made a Christmas ornament, gingerbread houses at Pat's Pizza, and played a Grinch Scavenger Hunt! This year my mom even got to come with me and didn't have to work so our whole family was together.
My absolute favorite thing to do at Hometown Holidays is write my letter to Santa. Mrs. Claus is usually there to help us but she must have been really busy this year because I didn't see her. I think Mrs. Claus takes the letters directly to Santa because he ALWAYS writes me back. I love Santa. Last year I wrote a letter asking him to help give hats and mittens to homeless people in Maine, because it is really cold here in winter. Look at what he wrote back to me!
I think it is really important to help people who have less than you. My parents taught me that. It is important to give people things even if the only thing you can give is time. We like to help out at the theater because it helps them. My parents tried to explain to me how it helps them but I don't really get it. This year I asked Santa to bring more hats and mittens. But after listening to mommy talk about how cold her feet were in her office before they had insulation, I thought socks would be a good idea too!
Even my brother got into the holiday spirit with me and made gingerbread trees with me. I like to call him the grinch because he isn't nearly as excited about Christmas as I am. Mom says he is but he just keeps it all inside. Because that is what teenage boys do. We ended our day with a sleigh ride. I love horses and it is so magical to ride down the street in a horse drawn wagon and seeing all the Christmas lights twinkling.
I hope you enjoyed reading about Hometown Holidays, and if you can, could you send some socks, mittens, and hats to a homeless shelter? They could really use them.