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Christmas tree lighting in Bethany kicks off holiday season

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Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus - at Bethany's Christmas tree lighting event last Friday.
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BETHANY, Okla. -- The holiday season was officially begun in Bethany last Friday evening with the lighting of a bright green Christmas tree situated on 39 th Street in that community that was surrounded by a crowd of people. The tree was located in a median that was filled with other brightly lit holiday decorations that served to illuminate that part of the thoroughfare.

Prior to that event, a city official announced the winners of several prizes and told the attendees that Small Business Saturday, which is celebrated on November 25 this year, would be an occasion for them to show appreciation to the numerous retail establishments that are located in the 39th Street area of that community.

Many of those places gleamed with bright Christmas lights and featured live music performances on the sidewalk In front of the Straw Dog Café a trio of musicians played familiar Christmas songs under a large holiday wreath filled with bright lights. At the adjacent Java39 Café and Gallery a young woman named Abbigail Dawn sang a variety of songs in a heartfelt manner that prompted some of the people walking by her to stop and listen.

She subsequently entered that establishment and sang privately to the patrons there.

Musicians serenaded the holiday merrymakers. (Bill O'Brien / Red Dirt Report)

The sound of equine hooves on pavement was also heard as a horse drawn wagon drenched in holiday lights carried passengers on tours of the area. In addition to horses, the attendees also encountered a bear that bore sign that indicated that he or she was a “Good Neighbor Bear”, as well as several furry creatures that were easily identifiable as Dr. Seuss “Grinch”’s, and it was reported that one Grinch had earlier that day brazenly made its way on to the performance stage of Java39 and then onto its Facebook page . But they were safely outnumbered by the number of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus present with attendant elves who could be seen posing for selfie photos with many young children and some older people.

An Asian flavor was added to the event by the Pho3 Nine eatery situated just off of 39 th Street that was filled with patrons of various ethnicities and ages who could be seen eating Vietnamese and Chinese fare with gusto. Three food trucks were also in attendance, and one of them offered gourmet coffee concoctions and the others dispensed gourmet donuts and bacon filled items respectively.

Many of the attendees were students at the Bethany Nazarene University that is also located on 39th Street and they served to give the event a youthful and energetic atmosphere that will hopefully be found there throughout the holiday season.

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