An iconic landmark moving

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The 2012 Village tree in the middle of Oak and Main. (Photo by Julie Osborne.)

Tradition. If I have learned anything in the last year on the brick streets, it’s that tradition is something you don’t mess with in the Village. Trust me. The statement, “The Christmas Tree is moving from the middle of the intersection of Oak and Main,” will not to be taken lightly by some residents.

This became crystal clear to me as I heard about past failed attempts to move this iconic tree. Some screamed that it was a threat to a Village tradition, others took bets on when and how many times a car would hit it. There has never been a lack of conversation around that tree, at least not since I’ve been around. And, I know the discussions or, better stated, the disagreements are just beginning to brew. The new tree is being planted as I type.

I understand tradition and have made a point of creating our own family traditions through the years. One of my favorites is running through Watt’s Christmas Tree Farm with my kids, dog, and a large measuring stick in hand in search of the perfect tree. I understand tradition, but can we all just play nice on this one and not let the moving of the tree ruin our holiday or bring division to the Village? And, most of all, can we show a little appreciation to the organizers, many of them volunteers?

It is not like the tree is completely disappearing along with the traditional lighting ceremony. It’s just moving to a safer, more permanent location on Pine and Main Streets. However, if the tree movement has got you down, don’t worry. There are plenty of other traditions that remain and you will hear more about them with our special Christmas insert on Nov. 26.

Until then, my wandering continues, and I will see you at the tree lighting on Nov. 30.

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