I am so blessed to have two jobs that immerse me in this wonderful community, and Christmas in our town is one of my busiest and most treasured times of the year – personally and professionally.
Where else will you find a 32-year tenured festival that takes you back to the times of Charles Dickens’ life and times in Ole London Town? The Dickens of a Christmas festival that sprawls through downtown Franklin is complete with the aromas of chestnuts roasting and folks dressed up in period attire, including characters like Scrooge himself from Dickens’ immortal A Christmas Carol.
And also not to miss are the tree lightings and parades (county wide) that bring families together as a community. Make sure to catch this year’s World Series MVP, Cub’s second baseman and Franklin resident, Ben Zobrist, as the Franklin Christmas parade, Grand Marshall.
We have compiled details of our unique holiday offerings for you to attend in our “Holiday Happenings” piece here in this issue. You’ll likely want to mark your calendars accordingly.
My personal favorite thing about the holidays here is that so many non-profits and initiatives go above and beyond to make sure folks, regardless of their current situation, have the treasured opportunity to experience Christmas. It has always amazed me how we rank as one of the wealthiest counties in the entire country, but there are so many people (I know) who don’t match the statistics.
SEM is proud to annually promote the “Joy of Giving” and encourage you to look outside your home and family to give to those in our midst who need a helping hand. I pray you and/or your family will get involved this holiday season, whether physically or monetarily, and perhaps even consider making this a part of your world all year long.
This is what separates our community, even though the statistics don’t show it.
And while we’re here, I want to take the opportunity of thanking you for support of this vessel over the last 14 years. We are proud to tell you the stories of our community, the people, places and businesses who make up the tapestry of this wonderful place we get to call home.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!