Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter Parade

Despite the fact that it was yet another freezing Illinois winter evening, I found myself standing outside in the blustery weather wearing my enormous coat that appears to have been made from rolls of attic insulation and leftover mattress stuffing.  The right pocket is torn.  There is a rip on the left sleeve from a run-in with the corner of a car door.  Anyone who sees my coat immediately says to themselves, "That guy obviously grew up in Florida!"
I know it is a fashion disaster, but I don't care.  I have to wear that coat because I did grow up in Florida and I can't stand winter.  And I'm not sure why we have ceremonies that celebrate this season.  I think it just encourages the crazy people who like cold weather, and it forces others of us to leave the house when we should be at home curled up under the covers, waiting for Spring to arrive.
But Naperville has that 'can-do' spirit, and they bravely forge ahead with our Holiday Parade every year.  The hardier sort of people that actually grew up here all come out and enjoy the parade, the singing, and the shopping (of course).  I mean, look at these two above- they actually seem to be enjoying themselves.
Mayor Pradel and his wife dress up every year as our Santa & Mrs Klaus.   And it's their job to turn on the Christmas lights in the downtown area for the first time. 
Former American Idol contestant and Naperville resident Gina Glocksen performed for the crowd in two different locations.  She has a good voice and she's always great with the people that show up to hear her.  Her husband Joe performed with her, and I really felt for him trying to play guitar in that cold air.  Here they are together looking all Christmas-y
And because I got in trouble the last time I joked around about Naperville, I thought I'd remind everyone that I'm a sarcastic goofball... and I'm just kidding (mostly)!  Naperville is an awesome town... but I still really, really hate winter.

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