Celebrating Christmas near Siouxland, Plattsmouth, NE

9 Dec

 

A lot of Christmas festivities are beginning. Small communities and organizations seem to celebrate the season early, but am guessing they are trying to avoid bad weather and no one showing up, because of bad weather. I have never been to Plattsmouth, NE previous to this year and upon an earlier visit, saw an advertisement about a Christmas on Main, a Victorian celebration of the season with some people dressing the part. This celebration also happens to fall on Small Business Saturday so it’s a nice event with many of the area downtown stores open later than what seems “normal” and giving a push to people to begin to get happy with the Christmas season fast approaching. In one store, a woman in period dress greeted visitors with a chalk board reminder behind her.

Counting down the days to Christmas, a woman greets visitors to a store during the Victorian Christmas on Main, Saturday Nov. 26, 2016, in Plattmouth, INE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Counting down the days to Christmas, a woman greets visitors to a store during the Victorian Christmas on Main, Saturday Nov. 26, 2016, in Plattmouth, INE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Many stores offered hot chocolate and cider along with too numerous cookies to taste or describe. There was also a petting zoo, Christmas lights everywhere, a street band and carolers and then the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree with more carolers and a number of others joining in. The event was a nice throw back to years past, which may not be true for the community of Plattsmouth, but for me it is a reminder of why small towns have their own charm.

It makes for a nice start of the Christmas holiday season to see so many people getting “into the spirit” and enjoying themselves for one night and being a community.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

2 Responses to “Celebrating Christmas near Siouxland, Plattsmouth, NE”

  1. Elaine Peacock December 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    Hi Jerry you are amazing!!! Wondering if you ever have been to or heard of Nora’s store A Nora Store “Merry Christmas” 2016 And Fundraiser For Building Upkeep & Restoration As The Store Is Listed On The National Register Of Historic Places.
    A Nora Store “Merry Christmas” 2016 And Fundraiser For Building Upkeep & Restoration As The Store Is Listed On The National Register Of Historic Places

    It is a fun place to go.  Also Bob Everheart really liked your story and video!! He sent it out to his mailing list too!!   Thanks for everything!!  

    We do a one day music festival here in Elk Point, SD the third Saturday in July. Next year its July 15.  It is a fundraiser for our youth. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas and new year!!

    Elaine 
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elainepeacock

    • jerrymennenga December 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

      Elaine,

      Thank you for the kind words. And I will check out Nora’s and put next July 15 into my calendar.

      jerry

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