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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Redmond celebrates the season

How do you know the holidays have arrived in your town?

Is there a special tradition or event that tells you it’s time to put the lights up and start the Christmas cards? The RedmondLights celebration will start off the season for NPI's hometown this Sunday with a gigantic Christmas tree, a starry walk by the river, hot cider and music from around the world.

What brings us out of our warm houses on a Sunday night? Maybe it’s the free food and the blinking lights. Perhaps it’s the warm smiles on the faces of the couple serving cider or the kids in the hand bell choir.

The holidays are a great excuse to come together, but I think the reason we gather is because of community. Community events are glue that binds us together and give us and our home an identity. Remember last year’s wind storm and the week without power? Remember the fireworks on the Fourth of July? Common memories build common ground.

A sense of community is crucial to democracy. Connecting with our neighbors allow us to be exposed to other viewpoints. Shared traditions can create shared values.

So much is accomplished over a cup of hot chocolate and a Christmas carol! Whether you celebrate Diwali, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah, you can join in on the fun at RedmondLights. We'd love to see you tomorrow!

UPDATE (Andrew): Here's the RedmondLights schedule. Like Kathleen, I go every year and have a great time.

DATE: Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
TIME: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Event starts at Redmond City Hall Campus

Bundle up the children and gather with your friends and neighbors for a festive tree lighting at City Hall, followed by the annual holiday walk along the Sammamish River Trail. The Kickoff concludes with entertainment from around the world at Redmond Town Center and free samples of foods and beverages from Redmond vendors.


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