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Once Again Germantown is Left in the Cold



As millions watched the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC or the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York, millions more waited to bring their little ones to stand in the December chill at their local tree lighting, which signals the official start to the holiday season at the local level.

However, the almost 100,000 folks that populate Germantown will not be among them. If Germantown residents want to go out and enjoy seasonal merriment at a local celebration of the “most wonderful time of the year”, they would be standing alone in the cold. There is no civic celebration of the holidays in Germantown.

Once again the largest population center in Montgomery County has nothing scheduled for residents wishing to participate in a civic pride event must go to somebody else’s town and enjoy their fellowship, pride, and joy. Of course, some churches and other organizations are holding some event, but there is nothing that the entire town can rally behind.

In Rockville, there was the Holiday Open House, which featured Santa’s arrival, the Holiday Tree Lighting, the free photos with Santa, and even Aaron Gilchrist from NBC4 Morning News as a guest of honor. In Poolesville residents gathered on Whalen Commons for the town’s is 10th Annual Holiday Lighting Event. Both of those events took place on Friday, Dec. 4.