Yesterday’s editorial was all about the Thanksgiving weekend and the positive things it brought our community. Today, however, the focus shifts to Christmas — specifically a smorgasbord of activities scheduled for this weekend to help welcome the holiday season in grand fashion.

Though not chronologically first, we fell compelled to point out the Lyons Christmas Walk. In a change from the standard schedule, the walk will take place Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will feature “Fun in the Fire Station” for children, with face painting, tattoos, cookies, cupcake walks and more. Throw in a gingerbread house contest, raffles, window displays, live characters, a craft show at the Rastrelli’s Tuscany room and more and it’s easy to see why the Lyons event is, for some, the highlight of the holiday season.

Christmas walks also are planned in DeWitt and Fulton, Ill. The DeWitt Window Walk is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. New this year is “Journey to Bethlehem,” a walking luminary of the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke, which will be presented on the lawn of Grace Lutheran Church. The walking luminary replaces the drive-through event that had been held at Grace Lutheran Camp for 14 years.

Along those lines, the Disciples Acting Troupe will present the second annual Living Nativity behind First Congregational Church, 700 N. Bluff Blvd., in Clinton from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The acting troupe is an ecumenical acting troupe comprised of 25 youths from 10 different churches and five different schools in Clinton and DeWitt.

A live Nativity also will be featured at Fulton’s Christmas walk from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Like other community events, Santa Claus will be present for photos — and again from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the fire station — and there will be music, refreshments and all manner of activities.

One unique event this holiday season is Wedding Treasures — A Day to Remember, part of Lost Nation’s annual December Happening. The wedding event will feature 10 settings of wedding gowns and memorabilia dating back to the 1800s, including a December Victorian wedding setting in a restored Queen Anne home. The event takes place at 407 Main St. from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

There are several other activities planned in Lost Nation and throughout the Herald coverage area. Every town, from Mount Carroll and Morrison, Ill., to Miles and Maquoketa seems to have something special planned each December. We encourage our readers to brave the looming winter weather and enjoy these little festivals that make living in towns like ours so special.

Anyone who implies there’s nothing to do in the Gateway area certainly can’t say so with a straight face on a weekend like this. Participation in events like these is what helps us build a sense of community, provide personality to an increasingly corporate season and, most of all, bring out the best in our friends and neighbors.

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