It was my privilege to serve as host for the Chamber of Commerce Christmas lighting display on Christmas Eve. I must say it was a fantastic experience.
The many people who came through were cheerful and happy. About 165 vehicles came through from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. When Jon Horner came to close things down and turn off the lights at 9:30 p.m., there were still cars coming. I was surprised at the numbers. I saw car tags from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Montana.
Many praised the community for the presentation and the Christ-centered displays. This is credit to the many businesses involved, the Chamber of Commerce, and people like Joe Schnabl who, with others, sacrifice untold hours on the set-up.
In addition to the many people, usually with children, who made the evening ring with joy, one young lady shocked me with the Spirit of Christmas.
After about three hours in the 40 degree weather (not bad), it began to rain. One lady offered me her umbrella. Then a car came hustling through the lights right up to my post. Alone in the car she said, "I didn't come to see the lights. I came to bring you this." Then she handed me two cups of hot chocolate. "I was afraid you might be getting cold out here," she said. She didn't even know who was working that night. She just knew they might be cold.
You gotta love Cassville people with the Spirit of Christmas. Thanks Sarah.