It's easy to get so caught up in the holiday
preparations that we lose sight of the truth
behind the traditions. With cards to be
addressed, gifts to be purchased and wrapped,
menus planned, parties to attend, there's often
little time to stop and reflect on the magic
of the season. An essence of that magic is
embodied in Santa Claus the unstinting gift
giver who captivated us as children and who's
presence encourages us all to believe in the
spirit of generosity.
This year, take the time to suspend the holiday
bustle to indulge in the tradition of a Christmas
Parade, where the community comes together
to herald the season. There are a number of
parades and celebrations to choose from
throughout Harford County, all held the first
weekend in December.
The earliest Parade will be held on December
3 at 6pm in Havre de Grace, beginning with
a community Tree Lighting Ceremony at the
corner of Washington and St. John Streets.
Santa will then lead the Parade through the
historic Main Street district.
Aberdeen's Storybook Christmas on December
4, is the longest-lived celebration, with activities
and events all day long. It begins with Breakfast
with Santa, at
Grace Methodist Church, 100
W. Bel Air Avenue, from 7 to11am. Bring your
camera for photos with Santa! Tickets, call
410.272.0909. Following the breakfast, visit
the Christmas Craft Fair, at the
House, North Rogers Street, from 9am to 2pm.
In addition to a large variety of crafts, gifts and
decorations, lunch is available by personnel of
Aberdeen Fire Department.
The Aberdeen Room Museum and Archives,
at 19 Howard Street, hosts an Open House,
from 10:30am to 2pm.
The Aberdeen Room is
affiliated with the
Harford County Historical
Society and was established in 1987 to preserve
and display memorabilia and artifacts that
relate to the social, economic and cultural
development of the City of Aberdeen. Punch
and cookies will be available.
The Aberdeen High School's A Capella Choir
will present a concert of Christmas carols at
Grace United Methodist Church at 2pm,
followed by a performance by Jammin'
Country Dancers. The Parade begins on West
Bel Air Avenue at 3pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus
arrive on their sleigh, together with local high
school bands, floats and other surprises. Follow
Santa Claus is Coming
to ALL the Towns!
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