By Jeanie Petersen
OXFORD – Rain is quite often thought of as a symbol for ‘new beginnings’ which ties in nicely with the start of the holiday season, as this year’s annual “Holiday Tree Lighting on the Park,” held Nov. 30, was rather “moist.” Despite the precipitation, the gathering was still delightful. There was an inspiring choir, Santa, cookies and smiles everywhere, even if they were under umbrellas. It showed more holiday spirit than ever!
The honorable Oxford Village Mayor, Terry Stark, donned his formal top hat, welcomed a very dedicated crowd of about 65 community members. Mayor Stark thanked everyone for coming out and gave a special thank you to Jim Baldwin and the Oxford Lions Club for providing the gingerbread cottage-sound system that was being used.
High School vocal director Michael Moren had his chorus student volunteers lead the sing-along of traditional Christmas carols. There was a pause for the announcement of the primary school winners of the Recycled Holiday Ornament Contest by Mayor Stark, followed by more singing.