Do you hear that? I think it may be Santa Claus and the jingling of his reindeer as they approach the Carrico Square in Russellville. He must be scoping it out as he is expected to make an appearance on Monday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. to listen to what all the boys and girls in Logan County want for Christmas.
The City of Russellville invites all to come out and enjoy an old fashioned Christmas celebration complete with hot chocolate, carolers, and warm fellowship.
“We look forward to this time of year. It is a time to reflect and celebrate our Savior’s birth and a time to come together as a community to welcome one another,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton.
The mayor said he likes the “old-timey feeling” during the holidays. Reminiscent of the television show Andy Griffith. Where citizens care for one another, and help one another out all year round.
“We have this event because we want to gather together all of our community, to remember what is important and to keep the true meaning alive, as well as to be appreciative of all the blessings we receive from Him throughout the year,” Stratton said.
Bring your camera to capture your children visiting with Santa Claus. WRUS’S own Don Neagle will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and other Christmas classics.
The University of Washington, a public flagship research university based in Seattle, Washington, says on the importance of community:
While there continues to be discussion over what actually defines a community, for many people it is a sense of cohesiveness among a group of people. For generations, an individual’s community served a vital role in terms of offering camaraderie and acting as a support system.
With our society moving at a faster and more detached manner due to technology, busy schedules and the frequency at which we change jobs, homes and locations, it makes it harder and harder to feel any sense of community. It is too easy to become isolated in our homes and yet isolation tends to beget a sense of loneliness and depression not to mention the breakdown that can occur in communities due to a detachment from others—increased violence, substance abuse, mental illness and so forth.
The idea of community may simply come down to supporting and interacting positively with other individuals who share a vested interest.
A strong community benefits the individual, the community as well as the greater society. People of all ages who feel a sense of belonging tend to lead happier and healthier lives, and strong communities create a more stable and supportive society.
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