Rochester NH Tree Lighting Ceremony

Twice tonight it felt like there was an apple in my throat; the kind of apple you choke on before crying.

I was at the tree-lighting ceremony held here in Rochester. A good crowd gathered to see the towering holiday tree, donated by a local family, set ablaze with holiday lights in the Square downtown.

Families and couples came together to watch the Studio 109 dancers perform, the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Carolers carol, and Mayor McCarley read The Night Before Christmas; a reading in which many present recited aloud with the Mayor from memory.

It was a good night.

I got a little choked up while the Mayor read, and during the caroling when I did my best to sing along (barely moving my lips and mumbling the words). Not one for singing in public, I'm afraid.

One dude mistook me for an old friend. After clearing the confusion, we exchanged Merry Christmas-es. Holiday cheer was abound.

It was a good night.

I haven't lived here long, but am enjoying getting to know this city.

We're a good lot.

And joining in public events -- especially this one built on family, tradition, and gratitude --  feels really good.

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