We’re Appreciative for Christmas in the Park


Last Saturday’s Christmas in the Park once again showed the magical compassion found in abundance in the community of Yelm.

The parade was bright as usual, with more candy than the young ones could eat.

After the parade, in Yelm City Park the fire was roaring, and free hot dogs, chili, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, hot mocha, homemade cookies and other refreshments were freely given. An arts and crafts making area was set up for the kids. Area choirs and bands from our schools provided hours of musical entertainment. Free pictures with Santa were provided, as were gifts for children to wrap and give to their best of friends.

If you’ve never been, you should, because it is unique in holiday celebrations put on by city leaders.

The idea is that every child, no matter the circumstances, if they can just get to Yelm City Park the first Saturday in December, will have some Christmas cheer.

This year, however, there was a bit of a damper, and that isn’t in reference to the weather. It was one of the cold Northwest winter days, with the wind and rain soaking all the way into the bones. The turnout at the parade was the lowest in years, due to the weather, and it also impacted the scores of volunteers in the park. Some went home early, shivering and spent. The Christmas tree ceremony went off early.

And for that, in this age of social media, we had our trolls complaining on Facebook.

And that is the downer. They were grumbling about the timing of events, and their perceived poor quality of the hot dogs (which we thought were great).

If you can’t appreciate Christmas in the Park, perhaps it could be that your head isn’t screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that your shoes are too tight. But we think that the most likely reason of all may have been that your heart is two sizes too small (stolen liberally from the Grinch story). 

Or maybe you just need a mental check-up of gratefulness. One answer is to join in the volunteer effort and be part of the solution.

With that out of the way, it was a wonderful example of the true spirit of Christmas, which this community is known for, and not just during the holiday season, but year-round.

As one person, who responded to the social media rants, answered, “Thank you Yelm community, love it here.”


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