Residents of Hawthorne celebrated the second Annual Parade of Lights last Friday. A past tradition that is being revitalized by the Mineral County Park and Recreation Department, showed that hometown pride is still alive as well as the Spirit of Christmas.

Young and old lined Main Street where float, carolers and even Cecil braved the cold and made their way down to Veteran’s Park where Santa and Mrs. Claus was waiting to greet the children and hear all about their wish lists.

The lighting of the Hawthorne Christmas Tree was also performed. Sheriff Randy Adams was called to action when the Grinch came to Hawthorne and tried to “steal Christmas”. The Grinch was able to make off with packages delivered by Santa to search and rescue personnel but he was frightened by Cecil, who made sure that the package was safe. Thank you to both Sheriff Adams and Cecil for saving Christmas for all the children of Mineral County.

This event kicks off the parties, programs and events that are symbolic of the Christmas season. The Independent-News urges those who have their homes decorated to contact Heidi or Amanda at 945-2414 to possibly have your home featured in our Christmas edition.

The next event scheduled for Santa Claus will be the American Cruiser Toy Run on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. where they collect unwrapped new toy, gift cards or cash for Toys for Tots and CAHS. Children can visit Santa while donating to these causes.