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Tree lighting set for Dec. 1

Though Christmas is not officially celebrated until Dec. 25, the city of Selma wants to bring it in a little early. Local officials encourage the public to attend the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in front of Selma City Hall.

With Christmas music, singing and words also on the agenda, Selma Mayor George Evans said he is excited about Thursday’s event, which will encourage family togetherness and honor the city’s veterans.

“Just like other cities we’re having a lighting this week — a tradition all cities do and we’re happy to be a part of the tradition,” Evans said. “It’s a kickoff to the holiday season; our theme is ‘home for the holidays: as we honor our veterans.’ We want to recognize them for their service to the community and nation.”

The city, Evans said, will also honor the veterans during its annual parade to be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.  Evans said the event is all about the birth of Christ, which was a blessing to the world.

“We invite the public to come on out,” Evans said.

Evans will end the program by the flipping of the switch on the tree.

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