Dayton celebrates the Spirit of Christmas

When Santa isn't on his sleigh, he rides a Harley. At least that's what he was riding in the Spirit of Christmas parade on Dec. 5 in Dayton.

The spirit of Christmas was felt throughout the Dayton community on Saturday as the City held its annual nutcracker market and lighted Christmas parade, and officially lit up the City’s Christmas tree.

Outside the community center, just a short distance from the City’s Christmas tree, an area was set up for children to experience a rarity in southeast Texas – snow. The snow may have been manufactured, but it was still cold and wet as the children made snowballs to throw to their friends or at their unsuspecting parents.

Children play in a field of snow that was created for them on the grounds of the Dayton Community Center as part of the Spirit of Christmas event.

Tammy Alexander, who helped organize the parade, said one of the more touching moments came as Santa Claus, who was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the parade, was approached by a little girl holding her letter for him.

“It was the sweetest thing,” said Alexander, adding that it was good to see that children still believe in the magic of Christmas.

The parade had 27 entries, much lower than in years past. Alexander believes the COVID-19 pandemic kept some folks from participating.

“We usually have school groups in the parade, but they didn’t sign up this year,” Alexander said. “I still think it was a good turnout. I watched it and thought it was a beautiful parade. I just love seeing everything lit up.”

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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