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After 29 years, Christmas in the Park continues to light up downtown
Kaajal Morar Issue date: 12/3/08 Section: News
Students and community members walk past the Paseo de San Antonio Ferris wheel on Tuesday night as part of Christmas in the Park.
Twinkling red and green lights, uplifting holiday music and laughing children can be seen and heard long before reaching Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose.
Surrounding a 25-foot Christmas tree, displays depicting motorized bears, reindeer and elves captivate old and young passersby alike. A light of joy washes upon children's faces as the snow machines sprinkle white snow-like material into the air. Christmas in the Park, a free event running from Nov. 28 to Jan. 1 has, for 29 years, been a part of downtown San Jose's community, said Martie Degutis, vice president of the Christmas in the Park board of directors--/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
2/03/08 I think the commercializing of Christmas by the merchants, it's hypocritical, and it's polluting our children's minds with the wrong meaning of Christmas, the wrong purpose of Christmas, the wrong things.
The Christmas tree itself even can be made to symbolise the beauty of life and living. In Wintertime the evergreen, even in the midst of death and decay, is sort of a symbol of everlasting life. If you can constantly make it a reminder of Jesus.
If the true meaning of Christmas doesn't get lost in the Christmas tree somewhere and its decorations then good! Somehow you can manage to make the true meaning of Christmas and Christ and Jesus and His birth still shine through then I'm all for it, the more it glorifies Jesus! The more it extols Christ!
Ted Rudow III,MA
Class of 1996