Thanksgiving has come and gone and I hope everyone got enough turkey. We have a lot to be thankful for. I've seen lots of Christmas decorations already and the shopping has begun.
Do you have your tree up yet? Our family tradition is to go to the tree farm on the Ten Mile Road. It's great fun to walk all over the hillside (sometimes in the snow) to pick out the perfect tree and cut it ourselves. If you aren't able to do that, but still want a live tree, the Barbour County EMS is selling fresh ones and all the work of cutting it down has already been done.
Belington Christmas parade is today at 6 p.m. Following the parade, the town Christmas tree will be lit on the town square at the red light. Come out and see Santa and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. 'Tis the season!
When looking at a map of West Virginia, you have to really know where to look to find our little town of Belington. On some maps, it's not there at all. Our little town has become famous in the past few weeks. It's also known as the North Pole. Three days a week, until Dec. 16, children young and old (and children at heart) will board the Tygart Flyer in Elkins and travel to the North Pole, a.k.a. Belington, to pick up Santa before returning.
While there, they can visit with Mrs. Santa and the elves and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. This is a special Christmas train ride based on the movie, Polar Express. Children wear their pajamas and and enjoy special entertainment on the train. This ride is so popular that tickets have already been sold out, but there's still a way to get in on the excitement.
The elves are all volunteers, and if you would like to be an elf this holiday season, stop by the North Pole, located in the City Park, at 5:20 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and help put a smile on a child's face. It takes a lot of time and effort from all the volunteers to make this possible, as things are being added every year to make this experience bigger and better than ever. Thanks to all that have helped.
Speaking of trains, the theme for Philippi's Christmas events this year is "All Aboard the Philippi Express." Parking meters all through town are decorated for the annual contest. It's a magical time of year to see all the lights and decorations. I remember when I was little, we would just take a drive around town and the surrounding area to do nothing but look at Christmas lights. Does anyone do that anymore?
The Philippi volunteer fire department's annual gun drawing will be held during the month of December. Tickets can be purchased from any fire department member. This goes to support a great cause. Firemen are the first ones called when a disaster strikes. Remember this season to use fire safety when decorating and also when lighting those cozy fires in the fireplace.
If you have Barbour County news that you would like to see in the Inter-Mountain, give me a call at 823-2539.
Until next time - "He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
~ Roy L. Smith.