Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 6, 2012

It's still the 'most wonderful time of the year'

By Jan Boston Sellers
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — The City of Crossville’s annual Christmas Parade may feel more like a spring time event when it steps off tomorrow afternoon as our weather outside certainly isn’t frightful. We have had above average temperatures here over the past few days and Saturday will be somewhat cooler than but not as cold as is typical for this time of year. Matter of fact, if you are hoping for a white Christmas you may want to head to Michigan, Minnesota or Washington. Those three states, according to weather analysts, always have the best chances each year of seeing a white Christmas.

Regardless of the temperatures it is the “most wonderful time of the year” and as the big day draws closer, there are numerous events and traditions I enjoy each year and hope to participate in again this year. Here are a few of my favorite things:

1.      The television special of the Rockefeller Tree Lighting

2.      Central Baptist’s Living Christmas Tree Presentation

3.      The lights and sounds of the season

4.      Hot chocolate and egg nog

5.      Dollywood’s Festival of Lights

6.      The Opryland Hotel

7.      The Rockettes

8.      The myriad baked goods offered only around the holidays

9.      Holiday themed movies

10.  Holiday scented candles

11.  Christmas cards

12.  The Crossville Christmas Parade

13.  Biltmore House and Gardens

14.   Christmas trees with their many different lights, themes and colors

15.  Lastly and my most favorite: the spirit of giving and kindness that permeates this spectacular season!

Twenty Brown Elementary School students got an early Christmas present when they were named superlative eighth graders by their classmates. Dylan Wyatt and Kassie Looschen were named as Mr. and Miss Brown Elementary; Hailey Taylor and Shae Plummer were named as Wittiest; Elise DeMaison and Drew Montgomery were voted Friendliest; Elizabeth Stone and Hunter Patterson were selected as Most Athletic; and Alex Bolles and Rhianna Mann were named Best Dressed. The Good Character Award went to Kaycee Flack and Noah Franklin while Haley LaRue and Robert Lynch were voted Most Dependable and Demetra Drainas and Corey Brooks winning the Most Likely to Succeed vote. Last, but certainly not least, Mikayla Lee and Dylan Wyatt were named as Best All Around.

Here are a couple of holiday events happening around town this weekend:  The Crossroads Arts and Crafts League will present its annual Christmas on the Plateau at the Crossville Outlet Mall Friday-Sunday. Activities include woodcrafts baked goods, candles, photos, decorations, jewelry and more.

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble will present two performances on Friday at the Palace Theater under the direction of R. Winston Morris. An educational matinee will be held at 12:30 and an evening performance at 7. Contact the Palace for ticket prices.