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Georgiana kicks off holiday with tree lighting ceremony

Members of the Georgiana School marching band perform at the City of Georgiana’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and concert Monday night. (Advocate Staff/Angie Long)

Members of the Georgiana School marching band perform at the City of Georgiana’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and concert Monday night. (Advocate Staff/Angie Long)

In spite of unseasonably mild temps, the sparkling lights, seasonal displays and festively attired musicians reminded everyone it was indeed the official kick off of the yuletide season in Georgiana Monday night.

Mayor Jerome Antone served as the emcee for the city’s annual tree lighting and concert.  In his opening remarks, Antone encouraged all present to remember “the reason for the season.”

Georgiana City Council member Byron Ward led in an opening prayer before reading the story of the first Christmas detailed in the Gospel of Luke.

GPD Sgt. Jeremy Peagler delivered a soulful rendition of “This Christmas” to open the musical portion of the event.

The Bethel Baptist Church Adult/Youth Choirs performed several acapella gospel songs, while members of Georgiana School marching band provided holiday tunes such as “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Christmastime is Here.”

Bryant Marlow, principal of Georgiana School, shared a brief inspirational message and encouraged parents of kindergarten through sixth grade students to support the school’s toy drive.

“This is the time of year to show you care about others. It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive,” Marlow said. “Shop at one of our local businesses and you help them, too.”

Once the tree’s lights were finally all a-glow, the mayor invited attendees to enjoy doughnuts and hot chocolate. The city’s Christmas parade is slated for this Saturday at 2:30 p.m.