Community Gathers for Christmas Tree Lighting


     The Homer Chamber of Commerce helped inaugurate the start of the holiday season by lighting a Christmas tree outside their headquarters this past Friday. 

     Santa Claus took a break from his no doubt busy schedule to come down to Homer and assist the Homer Chamber of Commerce in lighting its 60-foot tall Christmas tree outside the Chamber offices.

     While many towns and cities in the United States have tree lighting ceremonies of their own around the holiday season, this is the first official one put on by the Homer chamber. According to Executive Director Monte Davis, the idea came about this past summer after the removal of a dumpster right in front of the tree.

     "When I got rid of that this summer, I realized what a beautiful tree that was," said Davis. "I thought (it) would be a great place to have a Christmas tree lighting."

     The chamber hopes for this to become an annual holiday season event for Homer, which according to Davis, should happen for at least the next 5 years given the guarantee on the lights they purchased.

     While waiting for the ceremony to begin, visitors could either bring their children inside to visit Santa or warm themselves up by a fire with some hot cider or cocoa, and also roast marshmallows to use for S’mores which were actually made using fudge-striped cookies, eliminating at least one step in the process of making the campfire treat.

     Closing out the ceremony was a performance by the Homer High School Swing Choir, singing a medley of classic Christmas carols. As the crowd dispersed following the performance and went their separate directions, it was clear that the holiday season had officially arrived.