The ceremony began with the great Franklin K. Lane Color Guard and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then there was a blessing by Father Lynch of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. This was followed by me reading the story of Hanukah the Festival of Lights.
Wishing all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Happy \New Year were Assemblyman Michael Miller, who brought his adorable granddaughter with him, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
All helped as GWDC President Steve Esposito recited “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Then it was time to welcome the Christmas Rabbit, Christmas Mouse, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa and Mrs. Claus. We then sang carols after which the big countdown to light the lights in Forest Parkway Plaza and on our beautiful Tree.
It all glowed and glistened in the rain, especially our little tree that was decorated with school children’s decorations. After singing “Santa Claus is coming to Town,” all were asked to raise their red, white and blue glow lights in honor of our armed forces that are far from home so that we may celebrate our holidays in safety.
Unfortunately, due to the continued rain our Welcome Santa to Woodhaven parade had to be cancelled. Remember that the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will take free pictures with Santa Claus and friends at Forest Parkway Plaza on Saturday, December 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.
On December 14 we had a free trolley, and I hope you took a ride. All of these events are your store and business owners' gift to you through your WBID. So spend your gift money in your Everything Avenue stores and businesses that care.
As you shop, listen to the holiday music that fills the air and enjoy the bright lights along our Avenue.
May we, at this time, our WBID President Mathew Xenakis, our staff Maureen Bermingham and Lisa Komninos, and me, as executive director, wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
May God bless our men and women of our armed forces, who are bravely protecting our America so far from home so that we may be safe this holiday season. May God bless our leaders and may God bless our America.