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Mark and I went to downtown Kingsport tonight for the lighting of the Christmas Tree tonight. The tree is located in one of the most beautiful areas of town-right in the middle of an area called Church Circle. There are literally 6 churches of different faiths lining this roundabout. One very cool thing I noticed was they were sharing parts of the Nativity scene.  

We noticed many people walking around with lumieres-the white pillar candle with the paper guard at the bottom. Those always make me remember midnight mass at Granny’s Lutheran church, so I really wanted one. Mark saved our spot by the tree, and I went hunting for a candle (ironic, huh?)

I walked toward the grandstand, and there they had a hot chocolate station, with a cute little girl of about 10 pouring. I happened to notice she had one of the candles and asked if it was hers. She said yes, and handeded me one cup. When she handed me the second cup, she said, “Merry Christmas” and held not only the hot chocolate, but the candle. I looked at her closely and asked, “Are you sure?” and she told me yes, she really did not need one.

That little token made me feel so Christmassy. I’m not a Grinch, but my heart did grow two sizes tonight.


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