This is the time of the year when the Halloween sales, Thanksgiving turkey plates and Christmas decorations all struggle for position on store shelves.
Even though recent weekend days have still offered the warm memories of summer, we are now officially in the holiday season.
Cecil County does holidays well.
From the January 1 run/walk in Chesapeake City to the Cecil County Christmas Parade in North East, the event calendar is filled with great, fun things to do close to home. Go to the county tourism website for details.
Towns in the county held fabulous events for Halloween. There was a Spooktacular in Rising Sun in mid-October and one in North East on Halloween night. Cecilton kids and kids-at-heart loved the Trunk or Treat. Another deliciously frightening Ghost Walk entertained Chesapeake City folks and visitors. Perryville held their annual idyllic Halloween party. The costumed ones paraded through Charlestown and through Elkton where the annual Halloween Parade brought kids, adults, groups and floats and attracted hundreds of people.
There is a lot more fun to be had in Cecil County before the end of 2017, Mount Harmon Plantation will have their equestrian paperchase in mid-November and their holiday open house in early December. There will be a costumed pet parade in Chesapeake City in mid-November. Winterfest is set for Chesapeake City and the lights will make a great backdrop for the annual holiday house tour. North East will have all kinds of special weekends downtown with the Santa House and the enormous annual Cecil County Christmas Parade. Elkton is decorating the downtown and shoppers can win prizes. Every single town will offer seasonal events with singers, tours, parties and other fun.
The important thing to remember this holiday season is that when you shop away from the county, your purchases do nothing to help your own county. It is a proven fact that money spent locally with local merchants circulates and recirculates through the community many times.
The big stores all seem to carry the same stuff. If you want a special Christmas gift for your special people, shop locally. Unique items and handcrafted specialties are available in the many small shops in our towns and hidden throughout our countryside. We have a growing community of wineries with locally-produced vintages. We have skilled craftspeople and artists who are making one-of-a-kind items as you are reading this.
Local non-profit organizations and local businesspeople are the ones who are working hard to preserve and showcase our history, revitalize the beautiful architecture in our downtowns and support our community. We always look to them for help or donations to help with fundraisers. We need to turn around and support them, as well.
So, as you begin to consider your Christmas gift list and where to enjoy your holiday season meals, remember where you live, look around and choose to shop locally!