Black Friday may be the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season, but the Monday after Thanksgiving is the official beginning of the season at the Douglas County Courthouse when the Citizen’s Christmas Tree is lighted each year. The annual celebration this year on Monday, November 30th, begins at 6 p.m. with hot chocolate and cookies served by the Douglas County Master Gardeners, and the 7 p.m. program this year features music from the Dorsett Shoals Elementary School Chorus, the lighting of the tree, and the arrival of Santa.
The Citizen’s Tree is a Deodora Cedar tree planted by Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan in 2006 as a gathering place for the citizens of the County to come together to celebrate community, friendship and fellowship. Since that time, the tree has annually been lighted on the Monday night after Thanksgiving with the community gathered together.
The Dorsett Shoals Elementary School Chorus is directed by Rick Sills. The Chorus will present a holiday program entitled “Crazy Carols” including such parodies as “They Test You, Merry Gentlemen”, “Joy to the World, My Shopping’s Done” and then lead the audience in Christmas carols. Douglas County Commission Chairman Worthan will emcee the program, and will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” before leading the countdown to the lighting of the tree.
The annual program takes place on the steps of the Douglas County Courthouse. The program will be moved inside the Courthouse Atrium in case of inclement weather. Admission is free, and the program is open to the Public. The tree lighting will be filmed for later broadcast on dctv23.
Chairman Worthan stated that “Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and our tree lighting program gives us the opportunity to come together as a community, and to hear the joyous sounds of children singing and celebrating the season. I invite all of Douglas County residents to join us.”