Caroling in the Park, Christmas tree lighting held in Gateway Park

By Lynn R. Parks

William Point-Du-Jour could hardly contain himself. Troy Hill, master of ceremonies at Mondays Caroling in the Park in Gateway Park in downtown Seaford, had just announced that Santa was on his way. And William, 6, was celebrating by squealing and jumping up and down. Santas coming! he said.

This was Williams first visit to the caroling and Christmas tree lighting, said his mother, Marie Vernet, Seaford. But Jeremiah Sampson, 5, who wore a lighted strand of Christmas lights around his neck, is a veteran of the celebration.

We have been here before, said Jeremiahs grandmother, Dannette Jefferson, Seaford. Both she and Vernet were at the celebration this year to hear the choirs from Seaford High and Seaford Middle schools sing.

Also attending this year was Buddy, of Elf fame, accompanied by one of Santas elves. Jim and Allison Baker, Seaford, have had their costumes for three years and enjoy wearing them to holiday events.

We just want to have fun, and spread the Christmas cheer, Jim Baker said. It helps, he added, that he bears a resemblance to actor Will Ferrell, who portrays Buddy in the film. We wore our costumes to the mall and people were going crazy.

Caroling in the Park is sponsored by the city of Seaford. Members of the Seaford High School band played at the start of the celebration, and members of the high school and middle school choirs sang. Caroling was led by Danny Shivers, Seaford.

The highlight of the celebration was the lighting of the towns Christmas tree. The star on top of the tree was turned on in memory of the late Councilman Larry Miller, who died in 2006.

Mayor David Genshaw told the crowd that he wants them to remember the reason for Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Jesus and his importance to the world, even today.

Rick Norman, instructor in Seaford High Schools Junior ROTC program, told the crowd that its important to think about the nations troops who are serving overseas. How would you like to spend Christmas in a trench? he asked. Or on ship? Or in a foxhole? Thats what some of our men and women who are serving our country today are doing. Take time to think about those who are serving, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could be here tonight enjoying what our Lord and Savior gave us.

Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Katie Hickey oversaw Mondays event. I hope that this evening gets people in the Christmas spirit, she said. And I hope that it reminds them that the city supports the community by holding events during the holidays and throughout the year.

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