Torrential downpours couldn’t damper the season as children marveled at the Mineola tree across from Village Hall on Friday, Dec. 5 during the annual Christmas tree lighting. With the Chaminade High School Jazz Band rocking the community center across the street, residents and kiddies waited with baited breath and excitement for the tree to come alive, along with a visit from old St. Nick.
“We got a little “warm snow” but it didn’t dampen the spirits,” Mayor Scott Strauss said.
As the area between the Mineola Fire Department and Piccola Bussola began to fill up, the tree ignited with blue, green and red glory for all attendees to gaze at, while cars buzzing by on Jericho Turnpike now had a beacon in the night to guide them. Inside the community center, the band provided much needed holiday cheer, playing “Jingle Bells,” “Carol of the Bells”and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Santa Claus made his to Village Hall with his friends Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and Sparky The Dalmatian in tow, all of whom were crowded around by the children as the holiday icons made their way into the community center to meet everyone.
Members of the Mineola Junior Fire Department and other volunteers doled out handmade s’mores.
“This is one of the great things we do in the Mineola,” Strauss said. “Having a Christmas tree lighting for the residents and the kids. This is what Christmas is about. It’s about kids having smiles and magic that us adults lose sight of sometimes.”