Merritt councillor supports Christmas decorating

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Councillor Kurt Christopherson is asking the people of Merritt and the Nicola Valley to put in a little extra effort in decorating for Christmas this year, to keep the season merry and bright despite a global pandemic.

“As everyone is well aware the Country Christmas activities are not happening this year,” said Councillor Christopherson.

“So, I’d like to put out an appeal to the people of Merritt that perhaps we could make a special effort this year on lighting up our homes so that at least there’s the appearance that the spirit of Christmas is still alive and well.”

Councillor Christopherson noted that Country Christmas week covers the last full week in November, which this year begins on Nov. 23.

“We always start the activities with the Spirit Square light up and sing along and that would be Monday Nov. 23 so I’d like to put it out there as a challenge… that people in the city that are decorating and lighting up their houses, if we could aim for that day,” said Christopherson. “Everybody turn on their Christmas lights outside and get it started and have one aspect of celebration. As many people as possible, I’d like you to decorate. Maybe we can put a little punch into it this year, and aim for one night. As tradition we ask people to light up.”

Both Councillors Bhangu and Christopherson commented that traditionally, many families drive around the Valley looking at Christmas lights and decorations, and that in the past, buses have provided tours of the best decorated homes.

“I don’t think that can happen this year,” said Christopherson, acknowledging that passenger restrictions on buses were not feasible for sightseeing, but he did suggest other options, such as videoing a tour for those unable to get out and about.

“Perhaps there can be a contest to vote for the best place in the Nicola Valley,” said Mayor Brown, throwing her support behind the initiative.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald