The recent blanket of snow left Johnson County looking like a postcard from the North Pole. And so it seems the Christmas season is once more upon us.
Johnson County will be bursting with holiday cheer this weekend as residents welcome the season with open arms.
As has become the local custom, Saturday in Buffalo is just about as close as you can get to a Norman Rockwell painting.
Deal watchers will want to set their alarms early Saturday morning for the 3-2-1 sales. There will also be multiple craft and small business bazaars across town, as well as an artist studio tour. Sheridan College in Johnson County will host hundreds of kids for its annual gingerbread house event. Sticky fingers and smiling faces are assured as kids decorate and bedazzle their gingerbread houses with icing and candy.
Later that afternoon, the free chili feed kicks off at 4 p.m. and will be followed by the lighted Christmas parade – one of the most beloved events of the year. The weather looks promising, so make plans to meet your friends and neighbors downtown for some Christmas cheer.
And on Sunday afternoon, Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice will host the Tree of Lights Ceremony to honor and remember those in our community who have passed away this year. While the calendar may say “Christmas,” we know there are members in our community who are grieving the loss of a loved one and not feeling especially Christmas-y. Events like the Tree of Lights Ceremony and the Holiday Grief Share Group are offered to help grieving people cope.
It takes an entire community coming together to make these events a success. Year after year, community members, civic-minded organizations and businesses come together for the benefit of us all.
Putting together the annual Christmas parade is a big project, and the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce does a fantastic job – as do the businesses and organizations that spend time and money crafting magnificent floats.
And we send out a thank you to the businesses and organizations that donate the chili, s’mores and hot chocolate for the annual chili feed. Preparing chili for 500 people is a big undertaking, and we’re thankful to the businesses and organizations that play a role.
Events like the annual sales and the parade are events that Johnson County should be proud of. They help our downtown businesses thrive during months when tourism has slowed. And they remind us all why this is a special place to call home – if you don’t believe us, watch a child’s eyes light up Saturday night when the float carrying Santa rolls through downtown.
The people of Johnson County are truly special. It just shows a little more this time of year.