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Communities help make the holidays special

Each day as you drive through the various communities, the sites of Christmas decorations are more common signifying the start of the holiday season.

As we all prepare to sit down with family and enjoy a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, the thoughts of pilgrims will soon turn to the thought of Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.

The reminder of Christmas has been in the air, but now the season is officially getting underway, and part of what makes this time of year special are the memories created by families.

Many of those memories can be created by enjoying what is offered in our own towns and villages.

One of those early annual traditions will be the Hamburgh Holidays parade through the streets of the Village of Hamburg, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Throughout the holiday season, there will be events taking place throughout our coverage area, and we encourage our readers to take a look each week as we highlight community events through Christmas.

Each area has its own annual traditions. That is what makes the holiday season great.

As a parent, there is no greater feeling than taking your kids to see Santa Claus in places like Santa’s Workshop in the Hamburg Village Square Plaza. A big part of the reason is seeing the same sense of wonder in their eyes that you had as a child. Perhaps it has never truly gone away.

There is no greater feeling than a cup of hot cocoa and the ability to see a child sit on Santa’s lap and tell the big guy what you want for Christmas.

In the end, it is truly what the holiday season is all about.

• Sometimes one of the bad parts of news reporting involves the negativity that can take place in our communities. But then at times you get a letter that shows how good our youth truly are.

Such is the case with Hamburg resident Jeanette Regan.

In recent months, some Village of Hamburg residents who live on or near North Street – near Hamburg High School – have complained about student behavior in wake of parking issues on the street.

It has led officials from the village, the school district and residents to form a committee to try and come up with a resolution to the problem.

Regan said she and her husband recently came home and found her lawn raked and the piles of leaves stacked up near the roadway.

They were excited, and initially assumed it was neighbors who took care of the lawn.

Instead they learned it was members of the Senior Government Class from Hamburg High School that raked leaves throughout the village. (See the letter on Page 5).

As a long-term solution to the North Street issues continues to be worked on, it is nice to report on the good deeds of students in the district.

The Sun would like to commend those students who took the time to perform such a selfless act. It shows what good people we have that live here, and there are those out there who appreciate what you did.

• One of the great things in life is tradition. Those annual moments and days you look forward to every year. One of those I look forward to is Thanksgiving. A day to watch some football (and check on my fantasy football teams), and then enjoy time with family eating turkey, my mother’s squash and my sister-in-law Sharon’s carrot souffle.

Then a cup of coffee, with pumpkin pie and a mound of whipped cream.

The great part of tradition is that there is no right or wrong. It’s just a part of who we are.

As we start the 2012 holiday season, we at The Sun would like to wish all of our readers a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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