Friday night I was privileged to get to take part in one of the best traditions that Grayson County offers at Christmas —Holiday Lights. For those of you who drove through from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. that was me in the black coat and all of those hats and gloves.

Friday night I was privileged to get to take part in one of the best traditions that Grayson County offers at Christmas —Holiday Lights. For those of you who drove through from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. that was me in the black coat and all of those hats and gloves.


I hope I wished you each ‘Merry Christmas" but there were a few times when the cold wind sort of took my breath away, so I fear I might have just smiled at a few people as I handed them candy or accepted their donations.


For those who have not been through the lighted displays at Loy Park in Denison yet this year, fear not. There is plenty of time because the of the bad weather a week or so ago. That nasty ice made driving on roadways so hazardous that the committee in charge of GCHL was forced to close it down for several days in a row. While that was the only decision to make at the time, it did impact the contributions usually collected on those days. It also impacted the number of people who get to see the lights. To make sure there is plenty of time for both, GCHL will remain open this year into the first week of January. The hours will remain the same:5:30 to 10 p.m.


This year while I was there, one of the local television stations came out and interviewed people about why they love GCHL. It was so much fun to watch that take place because I got to watch people verbalize the joy I usually just see on their faces as they drive through. Working GCHL, one gets really good a very quick greetings because the line of cars can seem like it stretches clear back to Kansas. OK, the line might not ever stretch that far, but it can seem like it when the wind is howling and the temperatures are dropping. No, I am not complaining. I consider it a privilege to see all of those faces, young and old, filled with the wonder and cheer that the lights bring. And I absolutely love it when they bring their four-legged pals along for the ride. This year I counted about five cars with dogs in my shift and some had more than one dog.


My shift at the donation stand this year was a bit less traditional for me because my buddy JoAnn Ecker was not able to work with me. We work together day in and day out, but Holiday Lights is an extra thing that we do on the side together that really helps us celebrate the holiday season together. Herald Democrat employees are not the only ones to spend a portion of our busy holiday season saying "Merry Christmas" to folks at holiday lights. The employees of many local businesses and organizations sign up each year to man the donation booth. The folks at Grayson College have been known to do the job for a week at a time.