Falkville celebrates with Christmas with program
Christmas in the Park, a program sponsored by Falkville Community Pride, brought about 200 people together to listen to Christmas music, enjoy refreshments, light the community Christmas tree and be reminded of the Christ Child’s birth—the real reason for the season.
The 14th annual event took place in Jack McCaig Park on Sunday afternoon.
Bro. David Carroll opened the program with a prayer. He thanked God for the greatest gift to mankind—His son Jesus Christ, and encouraged his listeners to keep Him first and foremost in their thoughts and activities during the holiday season.
Later in the program, soloist David Halbrooks put Carroll’s words to music with a heartfelt rendition of “O Holy Night. He also led the audience in the singing of “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
The Falkville High School Band entertained the crowd with a medley of popular Christmas carols. They included “The Christmas Song,” “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”
Four members of the Falkville Elementary School Student Council, Nathan McDonald, James Garner, Austin Smith and Isabell Wilbanks, performed a flag-raising ceremony with the assistance of John McDonald.
The lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, a 15-ft. live evergreen, was conducted by Julie Asherbranner and Laurie Carver. Miss Asherbranner read a poem, “The Christmas Tree Story” and Miss Carver turned on the tree lights and gave a reading on the origin and history of the Christmas tree.
Emcee Jim Grissom remarked that weather conditions (sunshine and temperatures in the low 60s) were the best he has ever witnessed and expressed thanks to the citizens who came to take part in the holiday observance.
“I want to especially thank the high school band and its director, Bradley Phillips, for coming and playing for us no matter how good or bad the weather is.”
He also recognized several public officials who were in attendance. They included Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long, District #3 Commissioner Don Stisher, District #2 Commissioner Randy Vest, Somerville Mayor Darren Tucker, Falkville Mayor Jimmie Walker and Falkville councilmen Lance “, Matt Stiles and Ken Winkles.
Following the program, everyone was invited to stay for refreshments, which included home-baked cookies and hot chocolate.