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Celebrating the Christmas Holiday in Siouxland, Sioux City

21 Dec
Folk inspect the decorated Christmas trees at the 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Like many communities, Sioux City has a number of festivities that celebrates the Christmas holiday and season. One of which is the Festival of Trees, with decorated trees that are then available through a private bidding auction which helps support one chosen charity or organization that particular year. Various organizations and people decorate their tree and they are available for viewing for a week or so until the bidding process ends and people who win can pick up their very own Christmas tree for the holiday.

Folk inspect the decorated Christmas trees at the 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Folk inspect the decorated Christmas trees at the 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

But during the first evening while the parade of lights is happening outside, folk who wander into the Ho Chunk Centre are also entertained. A local church bell choir, Grace United Methodist Church, perform a few numbers that is always amazing to hear. All the more I think because the bells always seem to be perfectly tuned. Making me wonder how exactly can bells be tuned.

The 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Grace United Methodist Church bellringers performing at the 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Grace United Methodist Church bellringers performing at the 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And then to top off the evening, a local dance group performs various numbers or routines to renditions of holiday Christmas songs. Mostly jazzy version that matches the energy of the young dancers. Cute as they are, the younger ones making the best of it while not always hitting the mark or executing their cue. But no one cares. It’s a fun performance for the beginning of the holiday season and gets people into the mood for the season with a reason.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Children set up to perform their dance at the 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Parents record their children performing at the 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Parents record their children performing at the 28th Festival of Trees inside the Ho Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Wishing a Merry Christmas to all in Siouxland.

24 Dec
Decorated with lights, the Christmas Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2015. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga ©)

An interesting year in Siouxland will come to a close in a few days. A new year will soon offer other opportunities and possibilities that may not yet be known. But anticipation and expectation can make dreams more palpable and exciting when they do come to fruition.

Like the opening of Christmas presents one has seen under a tree that have been there a few hours or days, creating a bit of excitement of what lays inside. And hopefully fulfilling a wish some has had.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Christmas at the Durham Museum in Omaha NE Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Christmas celebration in Siouxland, Le Mars Pioneer Christmas Village

27 Dec

The Pioneer Christmas Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, celebrates the Christmas season every year with lighted store fronts, musical entertainment and rides in lighted wagons. There is a silent auction of decorated Christmas trees to raise money for local groups and a nice family friendly atmosphere. It’s just fun to attend and see the decorated items, too numerous Santa representations and families out having fun. Christmas is over for 2015, but the spirit and memories hopefully live on for those families attending to add their holiday delight.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

A place at the inn, Siouxland manger exhibit, Le Mars

5 Dec

The Plymouth County, Iowa, museum in Siouxland has a manger exhibit up and running this holiday season with between 100-150 various according to volunteer Julie Leaverton. Mangers of various artistry and country of origins celebrating the birth of Christ fill a room on the top floor of the museum’s space in the old Central School. Many hand crafted from wood and other material, a person could spend serious time looking at different representations of the same theme. The exhibit runs through early January and would be an interesting stop on the itinerary for holiday visits.

The museum itself covers a variety of topics and genres, filling the rooms of the former school with exhibits from the late 1800’s to the 20th Century including the history of the community like the Westmar College, the beginning of Blue Bunny ice cream, early band instruments, and one in particular, a harp, that was found in the tomb of King Tut and now resides in this Le Mars, Iowa center of history.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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