Palmer Rapids celebrates small-town tree lighting ceremony

PALMER RAPIDS – Snow fell outside the Brudenell, Lyndoch, Raglan community centre on December 1 where more than 100 people were gathered.

As the crowd gathered around the unlit tree outside, Pastor Andrew Beaumont of the Lyndoch Baptist talked about the symbolism behind Christmas lights.

“Ever since I was a kid, I loved going out and seeing Christmas lights. There is something about the way the lights light up the darkness. It reminds me that Jesus said I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life. That is what we remember this time of year,” he said.

Afterward, with a flick of the switch, the Christmas tree lit up, as the crowd cheered and marvelled at its beauty.

Everyone then made their way back indoors, where a community celebration was held. Free refreshments were handed out by the BLR recreation committee and the Palmer Rapids and Area Lions.

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