Local communities usher in Christmas and Hanukah 2012
(Long Island, NY) With the month of December comes the merry holiday season; Christmas and Hanukah are welcomed by many communities in Nassau Countythrough special, symbolic ceremonies- the public lighting of Christmas Trees and Menorahs.
Many towns throughout Nassau, and indeed all of Long Island, celebrate the start of the yuletide season in this manner. Typically hosted by local government and civic organizations, often with the help of community Fire Departments, lighting ceremonies are used as a way of bringing neighbors closer together.
NewsLI.com takes this opportunity to look at some of the tree lighting events that have taken place in Nassau. Among the many communities that have held these festive and fun events for families was Merrick, where a large Christmas Tree and Menorah were lit by the local Chamber of Commerce in a village square situated off of Sunrise Highway.
Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg, whose district covers Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh, attended the ceremony, where he noted to the gathered crowd that the community had much to be thankful for this holiday season after weathering the brutality of last month’s Hurricane, noting that Merrick had “emerged from [Hurricane] Sandy stronger than ever before.” Denenberg also noted the upcoming start of the Jewish Festival of Lights, saying that, “Hanukkah celebrates a miracle that happened a long time ago, but we also pray and celebrate the miracles of today.”
Rustic BellmoreVillage, the center of the town’s shopping district, was bustling with activity, with its holiday lighting event practically taking over the entire town. Horse-drawn carriages strode up and down Bedford Avenue, giving those riding them a tour of the Christmas lights adorning many of the homes and businesses in the area. Refreshments, music, and cheerful good tidings were shared by the attendees of this exciting event, held by Bellmore’s Chamber of Commerce, whose president, Debbie Izzo, urged those in the crowd who appreciated the Chamber’s efforts to reciprocate by patronizing the businesses in the area, “not only this holiday season, but throughout the year.”
East Meadow’s Chamber of Commerce also celebrated the arrival of Christmas and Hanukah by holding their in an event co-hosted by the Town of Hempstead and held in their Veteran’s Memorial Park on Merrick Avenue. In addition to music and free hot chocolate, attendees were treated to yet another visit by Santa Claus- Saint Nick certainly gets around thanks to the Fire Department! Councilman Gary Hudes represented the Town of Hempstead at the lighting ceremony, and urged local residents to think of the many people still hurting in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and to do what they could to help those less fortunate this holiday season.
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