It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a day away. Time really does fly. It seems like just yesterday we were ushering in 2011! The holidays are right around the corner and everywhere you look, there are signs of the festivities to come.

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a day away. Time really does fly. It seems like just yesterday we were ushering in 2011! The holidays are right around the corner and everywhere you look, there are signs of the festivities to come.

Every year before Thanksgiving you’ll find my family and me bundling up to attend the annual Christmas in the Sky event. During the time I’ve been with the county, this single event comes to mind as the start to the holiday season.

Thousands of people come to Longview Lake each year to see the stage shows and other performances by young dancers and singers. The entire production is an event to be seen. Even Santa is known to make an appearance and usually arrives in his “Santa-Copter.”

The grand finale is a spectacular fireworks display over the moonlit lake, synchronized to Christmas carols. I am always impressed with the work that goes into bringing this event to life; I know all the workers and performers are more than happy to spread holiday cheer to all the visitors who stop by.

Every year the Parks and Recreation staff, along with volunteers, begin the tremendous task of putting together approximately 300,000 lights and 175 displays for the thousands of visitors who will drive through the park. Displays range from small, blinking candy canes to giant ski slopes.

After a visit to Christmas in the Park, there’s little doubt that Christmas is right around the corner. For those of you who make it a tradition of joining us at Longview Lake every Thanksgiving Eve, you know that after the fireworks, driving through Christmas in the Park is a must.

This is my favorite time of year to reflect and give thanks for everything I’ve been blessed with and more importantly, it’s a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Therefore, I invite you to join me for Christmas in the Sky at Longview Lake Beach tonight. Shows will start at 6 p.m. followed by an awesome fireworks display.

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the opening night of Christmas in Park Light Display. Come and enjoy this wonderful event and help Jackson County kick off the holiday season.  

Happy Thanksgiving!