BACK IN TIME: Brundidge uses traditional Christmas decor

Published 11:19 pm Thursday, December 20, 2018

While many towns and cities opt for new Christmas decorations each holiday season, the citizens of Brundidge are more than content with the same colorful lights the employees of People’s Electric Company designed, constructed and strung across the downtown city street more than 65 years ago.

Ask Mayor Isabell Boyd why the city is content with the old-fashioned string lights with the homemade stars and bells and she will quickly say, “This is the way Christmas is in Brundidge.”

Six, seven or more generations of children have welcomed the Christmas season with wonder in their eyes, Boyd said. “These string Christmas lights have been ‘our’ Christmas decorations for as long as most of our residents can remember. A lot of our former residents say it’s these lights they think of when they think of coming home for Christmas.”

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And it’s not just Brundidge residents who find wonder in the simple things of Christmas.

“We have people who come from miles around to see the Christmas lights in Brundidge,” Boyd said. “The Santa’s Workshop has not been around quite as long as the string lights but, it’s a part of our Christmas scene, too.” 

The city’s Christmas decorations also include two Nativity scenes and Santa, Rudolph and all the other reindeer.

Brundidge City Hall, which is housed in one of the town’s historic former homes, is beautifully decorated.

“On the city hall grounds, we have a beautiful community Christmas tree that was donated by Steve Carter and Jason Senn,” Boyd said. “We greatly appreciate the donation of the tree. It was decorated by city workers and we always appreciate our city employee and the fine job they do.”

Boyd expressed appreciation to the downtown merchants who have decorated their stores in the spirit of the holidays.

“We appreciate our merchants and their involvement in our community,” she said.

The archway into Brundidge Station and the Nativity scene at Galloway Park are missing from the Christmas scene this year due to operational problems.

“But they will be back operational next year and we hope to have something new or different added to what we love about Christmas in Brundidge,” Boyd said. “We invite those who have not visited downtown Brundidge this Christmas to come. And, those that have been, please come back.”