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Oxford tree lighting ceremony

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For many people, the countdown to Christmas and the holidays has already begun. Elyse Mickalonis takes us to one Chenango County town trying to get into the holiday spirit.

OXFORD, N.Y. -- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Oxford.

"Transitioning from Thanksgiving to Christmas, we have a lot to be thankful about going into the Christmas season,” said Terry Stark, Oxford Mayor.

On Sunday, families and friends gathered at the heart of Lafayette Park for the Town’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

"I think Currier and Ives spent the 18th century replicating what we have in this community,” said Stark. “In the 20th century it was Normal Rockwell and what they replicated in print we have in real life in this small town right in front of us."

People enjoyed carolers, a live band, and children got their picture taken with Saint Nick…who added, "They’ve still got a couple weeks to be good and it’s not too late to make out a list and send it to me."

Stark said, "He checks his list twice actually, when he comes here so all the kids are on their best behavior."

It's an event that's growing every year, despite the weather.

"It is kind of cold and I think the more the merrier, so I'm not really surprised so many people have come,” said Emma Ives, a Guilford resident.

Stark added, "It doesn’t matter if we have rain or snow or ice, we get a big crowd."

Organizers say this is a holiday tradition that truly could not happen without the support of community members.

"People around here are really good at helping out and coming out, participating or donating time, money, or ideas,” said Mary El Emerson, Event Organizer. “It all adds up to a very nice event."

A cause for celebration just a few weeks before Santa comes back to town.

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