Windham Annual Tree Lighting

December 13, 2013

by Gloria Lavoie

Families bundled up and visited Windham’s historic town center for the annual tree lighting and visit with Santa.  The area was closed to traffic and families mingled around the town common.

Santa arrived by fire truck and visited children at the town’s cable television studio.  Each year, Santa and Mrs. Claus film their visits and families are able to view them at home on Windham’s public television, channel 21.  After families met Santa, they enjoyed complimentary cookies, coffee and hot cocoa while they listened to the Windham Community Band play in a large heated tent.

The Boy Scouts watched over a large bonfire, where folks gathered to warm up from the frigid evening air.  Girl Scouts hosted craft making in the warmth of the town hall and Daisy Troop 11007 held a food drive and collected gloves, mittens, scarves and hats.

Windham’s Helping Hands organization, which will be helping 65 families this holiday season, had an array of wish items written on paper mittens for residents to donate.  “Talk about a bucket-filling experience, to give someone a Merry Christmas,” said Tammy Serra of Windham’s Helping Hands, which just celebrated their 10th year anniversary.

Windham Middle Schoolers sang holiday favorites beneath the boughs of the massive pine tree that would soon light up ‘like a Christmas tree’.  Cheers filled the air as the tree was lit.  Fathers with their daughters perched high atop their shoulders had a bird’s eye view of the festivities and happy children chased each other around the gazebo.