NOVEMBER IS HERE…
We were in Chattanooga for the weekend for “The Head of the Hooch Regatta”. Formerly called “The Head of the Chattahoochee regatta” is a 2 day Regatta on the Tennessee river – held the first weekend of November. It is one of the largest Rowing Regattas in America with over 10,000 rowers and upwards of 2000 boats! And it gave us a chance to visit Chattanooga!
Chattanooga is a very VERY cool little mid-size town with a neat young hip vibe – a revived old Mill town – with mountains and water in view – that is growing into its new identity beautifully. The waterfront area is incredibly well designed and maintained with lots of opportunities for exploration AND THEY have a GREAT Aquarium!!!
As we walked around I noted, stacked next to each lamp-post, gigantic snowflake shaped lights, lying in waiting for their Annual Debut … I imagine today that part of town is amass in snowflakes …signifying the start of the HOLIDAY SEASON…
I DID some poking around and found out that they have an event called “The Grand Illumination” on the Tennessee River to signify the start of the Holiday Season!
Damon and I were talking and thought – how sweet it is that every little and big town has their own Holiday tradition. YES – it is ALL over-commercialized and YES – we don’t need all the STUFF to remind of us of what is most important in life – but I DO think that COMING TOGETHER – is very important and that is something that the Holidays does well – it brings people together. Parties, dances, dinners, meals, shows, celebrations ceremonies and Religious Services. All are opportunities to reconnect to our communities and the people that we have a direct impact on every single day.
I would LOVE to hear about YOUR towns traditions and I would love to share some that I find – here.
How do you ring in the Holiday season…or DO you ring in the Holidays? When does it all start for you? Are there volunteer events you take part in – Local parades or tree lighting ceremonies?
No matter what you do – remember to breathe and keep it all in perspective.