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CORDOVA - Edisto High School held its first Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the evening of Dec. 17. Principal Brad Coleman, along with the Future Farmers of America chapter, set up and decorated the beautiful cedar tree. Also, one of the teachers prepared an arbor where everyone could have their picture taken.

The Edisto High School Blue Machine band, under the direction of Dr. Ophelia Darby, set the tone of the festivities by performing Christmas carols. 

Stations featuring different activities for all of the attendees were set up. The FFA students made s'mores for the crowd, which ended up being a popular attraction.

The FFA also had a station set up to help children make reindeer ornaments.

Coleman welcomed everyone attending, noting, “This is our first ... tree lighting ceremony, and (we) hope to continue this event every year.”

He thanked those responsible for providing the cedar tree, adding, “We would like to find a tree that we can plant here on campus for it to grow so we would be able to use that tree every year. If anyone knows where we can find one, please let us know, and we will be grateful.”

The EHS Chorus sang a couple of Christmas carols accompanied by the band, and musical selections were also performed by the Edisto Elementary School Chorus. 

Essay contest winners who wrote about what Christmas means to them were recognized. These young people know the true meaning of Christmas and wrote fine essays.

Next was the moment all were anticipating – the lighting of the Christmas tree, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus.

Contact the writer: ldhntr12@yahoo.com.

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