Bible Hill kicks off holiday season

Monique Chiasson
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More than 200 attend annual tree lighting

BIBLE HILL - "Put me down!"
Five-year-old Olivia Desmond was comfortably taking in the sights and sounds of the annual Bible Hill tree lighting Friday night when she heard the sound she'd been waiting for all day.
Upon hearing Santa Claus's boisterous "Ho Ho Ho" rumbling throughout the crowd, the youngster from Bible Hill couldn't get off of her father Glenn's shoulders fast enough.
After getting up close to Santa to tell him she wanted Holiday Barbie for Christmas, her attention turned to the large Christmas tree on the lawn beside the village hall. On Santa's command, by the touch of his noise, the tree was brightly lit for the first time.
"It's so pretty," Olivia said as her eyes widened at the sight.
But it wasn't only children who appreciated the gathering.
"I used to bring my kids here and now I bring my grandchildren," said Bible Hill's Gertrude McRae.
"The best part is the tree lighting because it's so bright and it reminds me of the lights at my own home ... it's a big tradition."
Truro's Les Karagianis missed Truro's tree lighting a few weeks ago so he made sure to partake in the village's festivities.
"It's the start of the festive season and I like to see the kids have fun and meet old friends," said Karagianis.
More than 200 people gathered for last night's tree lighting. Village officials estimate the crowd was slighter larger than last year's. The village hall was packed with young and old enjoying refreshments, entertainment provided by Gordon Tucker and a light exchange program. Santa listened to children's requests and passed out candy canes.
"They want all kinds of toys this year," Santa said. The most popular requests were Easy Bake ovens and Transformers.

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