Getting ready for the holiday season, Russellville Parks Supervisor Kenny Gregory and his staff began putting up Christmas decorations on the Carrico Square Monday.
Returning will be the white deer, garland covered lamp poles, wire trees, wreaths and Santa’s sleigh. According to Gregory, there may be a new addition to the decorations this year if his plans pan out.
“It’s that time of year again when we haul out the season’s decorations for the square,” said Gregory. “It’s an exciting time of year in Russellville and one of the most beautiful.”
Inmates from the Logan County Detention Center are very helpful to Gregory throughout the year. Henry James was up a ladder helping hang some garland Monday morning.
“We are going to light the square up,” said parks employee Glenda Boisseau.
Christmas on the Square will be held Dec. 21. Santa Claus will make a visit then, and those who attend can enjoy hot chocolate and singing from the carolers.
“Kenny and his staff do a wonderful job year-round in our city. It is not an easy job to decorate the square for the holidays, it takes a lot of work and a lot of time. We do enjoy it, however, because it adds to our already beautiful city and it helps get the people in the mood of the season,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton.
The theme for the square during Christmas is staying with tradition. Stratton says he likes the “old-timey feel” during the holidays.
“Christmas is a time to reflect on our Savor’s birth. Yes, we have Santa Claus and decorations, but it’s important to keep the true meaning alive, and to be appreciative of all the blessings we receive from Him throughout the year,” Stratton said.
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