The Annual Carol Sing In Sandwich

In this file photograph from 2018, voices are raised in holiday cheer during the carol sing in front of First Church.

The bird has been cooked, and what’s left of it—along with the leftover corn and green beans—is in the refrigerator. So are the last few slices of pie and the mostly empty bottle of Chardonnay.

Thanksgiving 2021 is in the books.

We now find ourselves smack dab in the midst of the holiday season.

Thinking back to last year, the pandemic put a real damper on festivities. Most of the traditional community celebrations were canceled. Families were encouraged to cancel trips and only get together with those in their “bubble.”

Most of us stayed in, kept it small.

But not this year. The party is back on.

We still need to be smart about keeping ourselves healthy, but these are the “vaccinated” holidays. Most restrictions have been lifted. The seat belt light has been extinguished, so we’re free to move about the cabin, so to speak.

Aside from private parties and family gatherings, there’s lots of fun to be had at community events in the days and weeks ahead.

Saturday, November 27, is the lighting of the Littlest Christmas Tree on Shawme Pond at 5 PM. The Community Carol Sing is set for Friday, December 3, starting at 7 PM in front of First Church. There’s the chamber’s Stores & Doors decorating contest through December, a Victorian Christmas presentation and afternoon tea planned at the Dunbar Tea Room on December 7, and the Sandwich Dance Academy will perform “The Nutcracker” on December 3 and 4 at Sandwich High School.

The traditional house tour won’t be happening this year and Gardens Aglow at Heritage is already sold out, but the Giants are lit up around town for viewing. At last count, there were 78 of them.

And don’t forget the shopping. When you get your gift list in order, hit some local businesses. The past year was a tough one for them. Let’s give them a boost starting with  Shop Small Saturday.

This is just a sampling of the activities that are planned in town. Check out the chamber’s Holly Days book included in today’s newspaper.

One the editors on staff is an accomplished poet. In celebrations of the holidays, he penned the following rhymes this week that we’d like to share:

The meal is done, the guests have gone,

You’ve turned to read the news

When something on the printed page

Prompts you to share your views.

(Thanks to all who have shared letters and commentaries throughout the year. Keep them coming!)

Leaves are falling, lights are up—

A marvel for the eyes—

And still you’ve taken time to read

This week’s Enterprise.

Be safe, be kind, be generous and make this a marvelous holiday season.

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