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Clinton 12/02/03

Christmas Celebration

By Joanna Gaitanoglou
joanna@wlbt.net

If you haven't caught the Christmas spirit yet, you should have been in Old Towne Clinton Tuesday night. That's where the Clinton Chamber of Commerce held the city's annual lighting of the tree. This year more businesses and residents pitched in on the party.

Santa Claus is playing a part in Old Towne Clinton's holiday celebration this year. Children got to reveal their wishes and get a free picture with the jolly man in red. "merry christmas."

The main attraction of the festivities is the lighting of the city's Christmas tree. No one seems to know exactly how long this holiday tradition has been going on.

Mayor Rosemary Aultman told us, "The Christmas tree lighting has been going on as long as I've been here- since 1973. So it's a long-time tradition."

Every year, the community gets more involved in the event in hopes of bringing more people to old towne.

"My husband and I did all of the window displays," says  Alissa Hixon, of the Mad Hatter Coffee House.   "I did the painting, he did all the electrical work or I would have killed myself."

Her husband, Steve Hixon, says, "We actually worked through the holidays to get this done...24 hours a day."

Some businesses like the Gravity Cafe offered free treats for visitors.

"We're all hoping to bring more business," says Jessica Myrick.  "And just bring more people out and make them aware of Old Towne."

Another celebration was going on just a few blocks from Clinton City Hall.   Mississippi College students brightened up the December night with their annual lighting of the quad.

Griffin Lewis is a junior.  "I love it.  It's a wonderful time for us to get together and to kind of show what the campus stands for and what we're all about here at Mississippi College."

With holiday spirit spreading throughout Clinton, its residents are hoping you'll visit and catch the same Christmas cheer.  The celebration doesn't stop anytime soon in Clinton. This Saturday, residents will hold their annual Christmas parade in Old Towne, starting at 10:30 a.m.

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