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Frigid temperatures move celebration indoors

December 07, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

SMITHSBURG - How cold was it outside Sunday night?

It was so cold in Smithsburg that there wasn't going to be any standing around at the town Christmas tree.

In the town's first tree-lighting ceremony, town officials lighted a blue spruce in Veterans Park along Water Street at about 6:10 p.m.

Then everyone headed down to the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. for the rest of the celebration.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said the decision was made to move the celebration to the fire department because of the frigid temperatures.

"We made a few phone calls this afternoon and they offered the hall, which we appreciate very much," Myers said.

About 25 people gathered in the fire department for cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. Santa Claus was seated by the front door, greeting everyone and handing out candy canes.

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Myers said it was important to give Santa a comfortable spot, given his hectic schedule.

"He's got to make it back (to the North Pole) tonight. He's got more toys to make," Myers said.

Myers said the blue spruce was donated by Lester Oswald and his family. Oswald owns Oswald Nurseries in town.

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