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Letter: The joy of the Mathews Christmas Parade

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

There’s a special joy that comes from the anticipation and preparation for holiday events. One such event was the Old-Fashioned Mathews Christmas Parade.

We want to thank everyone who participated for their time, effort and enthusiasm in presenting a variety of floats, rescue vehicles, walking and motorized units. The participants gathered everything from a Victorian fireplace to a symbolic North Pole, huge wrapped packages, antique toys, hand-painted Christmas decorations, yards of garland and Christmas trees covered in candy canes and ornaments. There was even a unique Dallas Cowboys’ golf cart and a mini 18-wheeler.

The rain did not dampen spirits. There were a few soggy costumes, but everyone was layered against the cold, including one who notably described herself as the Pillsbury Dough Girl.

Thanks to all who donned the orange vests to help make the parade a success. Thanks to the veterans who proudly carried the American flag, the f...

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