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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Take time to celebrate, enjoy holidays

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 4, 2013 at 6:04 a.m.


The holiday season is here. There's no use denying it. Some people see this as a potential source of stress involving scouring stores for the perfect gift, dodging crowds and setting up travel plans.

Thankfully, Crossroads communities are holding plenty of events to help remind us that the holidays should not be a source of stress. This season is a time for celebration.

Every year, we look forward to the plethora of festivals that will light up the Texas night with Christmas lights and holiday cheer. The Christmas in the Park display in Cuero Municipal Park, which features more than 240 exhibits and draws an estimated 95,000 visitors each year, is open every night from 6 to 10 p.m. until New Year's Day. The event is free, but volunteers do accept donations at the end of the display. On Saturday, Hallettsville had its annual Festival of Lights at the Lavaca County courthouse, which featured a Christmas pageant, a kiddie parade, vendors and more.

The festivities will continue this weekend with even more lighted events in the Crossroads. In Port O'Connor, about 30 boats will take part in the annual lighted boat parade at 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Attendees can watch the boats decorated with all kinds of lights and Christmas decorations go by while enjoying the salty ocean atmosphere.

In downtown Victoria, Christmas on the Square will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and will feature inflatables, hot chocolate, treats, animals from the Texas Zoo and more, according to the city of Victoria's website. On Saturday, the Lighted Christmas Parade will begin in downtown Victoria at 6 p.m. On Thursday, the Grammy-nominated choral group Conspirare will perform a Christmas concert at First United Methodist Church in Victoria at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert costs $30 to $50 for adults and $20 for students. The concert will feature special guest singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, who received Grammy nominations in 2010 and 2012.

In Goliad, Christmas celebrations begin Friday in the Historic Courthouse Square. At 5:30 p.m., festivities begin with food, arts and crafts, plus live entertainment followed by a lighted parade at 7 p.m. with entertainment, shops, restaurants and more available afterward. On Saturday, the celebration continues with a market around the square beginning at 9 a.m., and Santa will ride in on a longhorn steer at noon. The festivities will continue at the Presidio La Bahia at dusk with a performance by the Beeville Community Chorus at the Mission Espiritu Santo at 8 p.m.

These are just a few of the holiday events taking place during this month in the Crossroads. We encourage residents to take the time to go out and have some fun during this season. The holiday season is a time to be grateful and share joy with our families, friends and communities. Take some time this weekend to celebrate.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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