Something that my grandpa and I shared several times when I was young was the Morristown (TN) Christmas Parade. We went several times while I was growing up.
For the past several years, I have shared the Townsend Christmas Parade with my family. Christmas parades may not have anything inherently to do with Christ, but they are tremendous fun. Our Townsend community is small. There are less than 300 people who live within the city limits. However, we are proud of our area and our Christmas parade is one of the biggest community events we have. In this blog post today, I want to share some pictures I took during the Christmas parade of the place I call home.
First is a shot as we wait on the parade to make its way to where we were positioned.
Our county mayor helped lead the way in the parade:
A Christmas parade is not a parade without a band. Here is the Heritage High School band, where my daughter currently goes to school:
The midget football program had a presence in the parade. I think this was the first mention of Jesus in the parade:
One of our local Baptist churches had a float in the parade:
Our local garden club entered the parade:
We are a rural community and agriculture plays a big part of our lives. Here is just one of the many tractors from our parade:
Many people ride their horses in the parade. As you can tell, the end of the parade is near!!! Pun totally intended.
Finally, Santa Claus should always be the grand finale’ of every Christmas parade.
Our parade is nothing fancy. There is nothing truly CHRISTian about it. It’s just plain, simple community and family fun. Thanks for letting me share the fun with you.
Do you like Christmas parades? Do you have fond memories of them?
Today’s post is not terribly original, but it is something that I am thinking about making a regular feature on the blog. Check back next month to see if it makes the cut. Now, without further adieu, some random thoughts that I had this month.
*When we read the New Testament, we find out that Jesus had brothers named James, Joses, Judas and Simon, as well as some unnamed sisters. Do you think that whenever Joseph and Mary called them down they asked, “Kids, what would Jesus do?”
*I really wanted to turn the above into a blog post, but I just couldn’t make it work.
*I hope you didn’t find that offensive. I worry sometimes that people find my sense of humor offensive. Especially if it is based on something out of the Bible.
*I read Sheldon’s In His Steps about 20 years ago. I thought it was a fine book. Funny, that about 100 years after it was written that the whole WWJD phenomenon happened with bracelets and T-shirts.
*I think Jesus’ brothers and sisters really loved Him. They were so concerned about Him they wanted to take him home from His ministry.
*I would really like to submit something to Jon Acuff and guest post one Friday on SCL. There’s just one problem. I’m just really not funny enough. At least I’m not when I write. I can’t do satire. Every time I try to write something like that all I can see are a lot of people getting really mad.
*I tried to write a couple of satiric pieces like Growing Up With Jesus and A Church For Bloggers. I just could not make these things work. So, I’m just going to quit trying to be intentionally funny. I can’t do it in a blog.
*My football Vols didn’t end the season well. I uttered indecipherable words when my Vols lost Saturday. Some people in my family might have thought I was speaking in tongues. I also went outside and took my frustrations out on a couple of basketballs.
*My BasketVols, however, are doing okay. They lost twice last week, to Duke and Memphis. However, I was proud of the effort that gave many of us who support the Big Orange.
*They lost again Monday night. I hate losing.
*One of the goals I have next year is to read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. I’ve never actually read any of Lewis’ fiction. Well, that’s not entirely true. I have read The Screwtape Letters.
*I would really hate to have an artificial hip recalled.
*I am not the biggest Barack Obama fan, but should any President of the United States have a Chia in their likeness?
*Should there be a Larry the Deuce Chia?
*It looks like I’m really going to have to hold my nose when I vote in 2012.
*In 1 Samuel 25:25, in the King James, David says he will kill “all that pisseth against the wall.” When did that word become a not-so nice word and what has brought it back into social acceptability?
*This verse and my attitude about led to a huge disagreement between my wife and me once.
*I’m looking forward to the Townsend Christmas Parade Sunday. It’s one of the true community events in our little area. The Shriners should be there wearing their funny hats and driving their funny cars.
*I love the Christmas season.
*Tomorrow I will begin writing Christmas posts. I hope to have a two or three of my blogging friends do guest posts. So, if you don’t like Christmas, you won’t like the next 25 posts I write.
Do you have a random thought from November or have anything to add to those I listed?