Ocean Township: This past weekend, the Township of Ocean held their first annual “Christmas Tree” lighting adjacent to the Township of Ocean Historical Museum. On a chilly but clear night, approximately 75 people came out to the event. As the crowd gathered, singers Jerry Metz, Sue Metz, Tom Johnson, and Chris Psolka from the Monmouth Civic Choir entertained the crowd.
The quartet sang for approximately 30 minutes until Deputy Mayor Sicliano greeted and spoke to the crowd. After a few words, and an abbreviated count down, the Christmas Tree was lit. With much jubilation, the crowd laughed and clapped as the colored lights began to shimmer, shine, and pierce the clear night sky.
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As with most holiday events, there were cookies, hot chocolate, and other treats available to those in attendance. After several minutes of snacking the large group began to muster near the tree to get a closer look or to have their picture taken. As hoped, the Christmas Tree quickly became the center of attention. For the next half hour or so, attendees worked their way back in to the Historical Museum for an abbreviated tour of the Christmas, Asbury Park, and Asbury High School exhibits.
Ocean Township has taken a chance by having a “Christmas Tree” lighting. The decision to recognize Christmas was not taken lightly and should not undermine the holiday spirits of anyone person, group, or religion. In this world of being politically correct having a Christmas Tree lighting reminds everyone why the holiday season is important to everyone, regardless of religion or political view.