Sunday, December 4, 2011

Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes

Christmas is a magical time of family, friends, tradition, memories. It's an annual trip through time.

In the small town of Jacksonville, just 15 minutes from Medford, Christmas looks like it did 150 years ago. Storefronts are preserved in the Old West fashion they were originally built. Holly and lights are hung above every window and door. Carolers in Victorian garb stroll the town, chestnuts are roasted and sold, carriages carry travelers through the town.

The festivities kick off with a Victorian Christmas parade on the first Friday of December. On Friday, I had a live shot overlooking the parade route in Jacksonville. It was a fun way to wrap up the work week and kick off the holiday season.

It was in the low 30s and my camera operator and I kept warm by running inside between the live shots. The fog rolled in, and created a cloud blanket. But the parade-goers kept warm with free apple cider and holiday cheer. It's a fun, classic Christmas event. And I'll be back to enjoy it a bit more on the weekend.

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