Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Time to light up Crossroads for Christmas

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.

It's holiday season, and now that we've all filled up on turkey and stuffing during Thanksgiving, we're only a month away from Christmas.

Every year, one of the attractions we look forward to the most is the Cuero Christmas in the Park light display. Hundreds of lighted figures are set up through Cuero's Municipal Park and shine from 6 to 10 p.m. every night until New Year's Day.

The effort that goes into setting up and maintaining this seasonal attraction is an impressive feat. This year, the event will feature at least 170 displays, including 12 new pieces and a 32-foot-tall lighted tree, and organizers replaced more than 55,000 bulbs. In addition to the lights, the event also features a live Nativity scene played by members of local churches, during Dec. 16-22, according to the event website.

This event is a wonderful community effort that has been going since 2000. Even in 2009, when vandals did nearly $150,000 worth of damage to some of the major displays, the event continues to bring joy and holiday cheer to people from all over the Crossroads.

We applaud the December Events Committee and the Cuero Development Corporation, as well as all those who put in the work and organization necessary to make this event successful year after year. Cuero's Christmas in the Park is a fantastic event, and we encourage our readers to take some time this year and drive through this wonderland of lights, and don't forget to bring some cash for the donation buckets at the end.

While Cuero's event is a standard of excellence for the Crossroads, we know other communities have their own lighted events during this season, and we look forward to seeing them all. We encourage our readers to get out and find something in their community to enjoy this season. Whether it is the Victoria lighted parade or a small-town lighting of the courthouse, 'tis the season to share joy and happiness, and a community event is a perfect place to get in the spirit.

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



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