To the Editor:
Fifteen years ago my husband and I pushed a stroller down Main Street in Davidson while carolers, looking as if they just stepped out of a Charles Dickens novel, strolled and sang. Hot chocolate and hot dogs were for sale outside The Soda Shop while artificial snow blew from the upstairs window. A single horse drawn carriage trotted down the street while bell jingled around the horses’ necks. A school brass band played in Summit Coffee parking lot. It was Christmas in Davidson, and the charm was unmistakable. You could stop and chat with your friends and neighbors, because you knew most everyone there. Even though the night was cool, you felt warm and cozy. It was if the charming town of Davidson was wrapping you up in a great big hug.
Fast forward to present day Christmas in Davidson. An estimated 25,000 people, skating rink, food court, carriage rides, vendors, live nativity, music, entertainment and much more. The atmosphere has gone from quietly charming to something that is reminiscent of summer on the Wildwood boardwalk at the Jersey Shore (that is by no means a jab because I LOVE the Jersey Shore, and visit every summer.) But is bigger necessarily better? Maybe. Merchants are loving it, business is booming.
Maybe it’s just me. That baby we pushed in the stroller? She’s now a teenager roaming Christmas in Davidson with a pack of friends. We also have four more children to watch over during the hustle and bustle craziness of the evening. There’s a fear that in a moment you could lose sight of one of them in the sea of people wandering the green.
I don’t know, I’m torn. I’m all for growth, I’m OK with change. But is there a way to reel this in a bit? Perhaps an extra night? Add Sunday? Or add another weekend? Just a thought.
Dec. 5, 2012, “25,000 partied and posed at Christmas in Davidson.” Short news item and photo gallery.
Dec. 4, 2012, “The animals of Christmas in Davidson weekend.” – photo gallery
Dec. 4, 2012, Around Davidson column, “December festivities and awards” – Brenda Barger has additional coverage of the weekend events.
Dec. 2, 2012, “Christmas Parade: 2,831 marchers, thousands of watchers” – Photo gallery
Nov. 30, 2012, “Gallery: Christmas in Davidson 2012?