Parades, parties, and…?

walt-pickut Contributing Editor
Contributing Editor

Now what was that other “P-word” that always goes with Christmas?

Oh, yes! Now I remember. It’s “Peace on Earth.” Planning for any of that as the Christmas and Holiday seasons roll into town for 2019?

Sometimes the simplest way to say something is best. Here’s Dr. Seuss’s Christmas contribution:

Christmas doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more…
Christmas will always be as long as we stand
Heart-to-heart and hand-in-hand.

I’m sure that sentiment will settle in for all of us somewhere along the way between here and Christmas day. By the time the shopping frenzies are over and the holiday parties wind down, we’ll all be glad for a bit of that heart-to-heart peace, won’t we?

Even the late, eccentric, wild-eyed comic, Phyllis Diller, learned that lesson. She once explained, “What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.”

But there is an in-between place to stand, hand-in-hand, a festival gathering of friends, family, and community all sharing one joyful spirit, heart-to-heart. Everybody loves a parade!

Especially a Christmas Parade. So, this week, your Jamestown Gazette’s special guest contributor, Stephanie McCraw, writes our cover story as an invitation to everybody to “Come on down” to Downtown Jamestown, and all across our region wherever you pick up your own copy of the Jamestown Gazette.

This week, enjoy all of the Christmas Parades and Holiday Celebrations in Jamestown as well as in Warren, PA, and in Randolph and in Findley Lake, NY, and beyond those, to the whole holiday season across our entire area.

This year’s theme in Jamestown is, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” promises live music starting at 5:00 p.m. at Tracy Plaza, with the parade marching up Third Street and reaching the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Then Santa Claus follows up at the end of the parade to herald the singing of our National Anthem and this year’s spectacular Tree Lighting ceremony.

And with Santa safely on the ground by then, Jamestown’s skies will once again be filled with a spectacular Fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. Every other celebration is our region promises to be just as special in its own way, too.

Our message from the Gazette this year, however, is more than an invite to a great community- wide family celebration. Once a year just isn’t enough, but it’s a great start. Helen Steiner Rice, often called “America’s beloved inspirational poet laureate,” once wrote, “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”

In his 1947 box office hit, “Miracle on 34th Street” film and television writer Valentine Davies wrote echoed the thought, “Christmas isn’ just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”

So, however you celebrate the holidays this year, make your way downtown, whether in Jamestown, Randolph, Findley Lake, or Warren – and everywhere else across our region for the rest of the Holiday Season – to make it a family hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart time for all.

Enjoy your parades, parties, and your own peace on Earth.

And enjoy the read.

Walt Pickut

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.