With little fanfare, compared to previous years, a small group of less than two dozen gathered last Friday evening for the lighting of the City of Thomson Christmas tree at the Depot.
“I appreciate folks coming out tonight. This is a little unusual. Usually when we light the Christmas tree to kick off the Christmas season we have four of the schools bring in their choirs to sing Christmas songs for us and then we light the tree. Then we bring Santa Claus in and then everybody goes in the Depot,” said Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry. “But with what’s happened to us during the last nine months with the virus, we’re trying to not draw a big crowd. Plus the children have been in and out of school so much lately it just did not work out for us to have them come and sing for us.”
Rev. John Smalley, a member of the Thomson City Council, was called upon to provide remarks and several passages of scripture. As he waited for his laptop to get started, he sang to the small audience.
Next, Bennett Beggs, 4, of Thomson, came forward to light the Christmas tree with the help of his dad, Chase Beggs.
After the lighting, Kathy Usry and Smalley were called on to lead a brief round of singing.
“Christmas season has started. Thank y’all for coming out,” said the mayor as the events concluded.