Massapequa Park lights up the holiday season

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Massapequa Park lights up the holiday season

Kalleigh Regan // The Chief

Kalleigh Regan // The Chief

Kalleigh Regan // The Chief

Scores of Massapequa residents converged on Park Boulevard to watch the annual village tree lighting.

Katie McMahon, Editorial Assistant

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Massapequa Park’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting fell on November 29 this year, beloved by students, small children and adults alike. The corner of Park Boulevard and Front Street glittered with festive Christmas houses and lights that twinkled in vivid greens, blues, and reds. Cold-stung red noses peaked over steaming cups of hot chocolate and smiles were contagious. The sound of familiar holiday songs filled the town square as carolers inspired cheer.

MHS students were involved in the festivities as well. Junior Ethan Sausa and senior Nick Gariglio participated as emcees, and  ASL students shared the stage to sign the national anthem. Additionally, the Massapequa cheerleaders and Chiefettes performed a festive routine.

And of course, what would Christmas be without Santa? Met with excited smiles and the hopeful gazes of little children, Santa took down requests for Christmas lists and spoke about the meaning of Christmas.

The excitement was inescapable as Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey P. Pravato and the Board of Trustees heralded in the holiday season with the lighting of the town Christmas tree and Menorah. The tree, decorated in sparkling garlands, lit up the faces of every adult and child in brilliant blues, greens and crimsons. The menorah likewise glowed brightly after each candle was carefully lit.

It was not only the excitement from the lively events and what was seen, but also from what was experienced.

“Before it started, seeing the people decorating was nice,” junior Matt Danielson said. “It gave a real sense of holiday spirit.”

Undeniably, it isn’t only the vibrant lights and shimmering, colorful decorations that make the lighting a memorable tradition, but the cheer and genuine spirit that is easily shared between family, friends and perhaps even strangers that makes this tradition truly unique. This is perhaps the best part of the holiday season.

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