When one hears holiday and lights in the same sentence, assumptions are standard. Christmas tree, Hanukah Menorah, houses brightly decorated, but this holiday season we are not only going to light up the night, but the face of a child as well.
With all due respect to the Main Street Electrical Parade, CROA will be holding it’s own version of nighttime illumination.…with a twist.
The Holiday Light Parade & Teddy Bear Toss will traverse through the community on Thursday, December 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The full route will be available in the December Celebration News and at www.celebration.fl.us.
Now, a holiday light parade is just that, a small procession of vehicles, colorfully and festively decorated for the season, spreading cheer and good will to the residents.
A Teddy Bear toss you ask? Well, if you are from an area where hockey doubles as religion, you probably know exactly what it is. At a Teddy Bear toss, traditionally held at rinks and arenas, is where the fans in attendance bring along a bear or similar plush toy to the game and at a designated time in the evening, they throw their plush onto the ice. The sea of plushes is then corralled and donated to a worthwhile organization.
The Holiday Light Parade & Teddy Bear Toss here in Celebration will be something just like that, minus the hockey rink. The parade will feature CROA vehicles in their holiday best, joined by members of the GEMS of Celebration Club in festive NEVS. In addition, the North Pole’s number one resident is also expected to take part.
As for the Teddy Bear Toss portion, residents are invited to come out as the parade passes in front of or near their homes and toss a plush into one of the CROA vehicles. If you don’t think you have the skill to hit a slow moving vehicle, don’t worry, staff on hand will be happy to assist. All the plush toys collected that evening will be donated to The Marine Toys for Tots Program.
It’s that simple. Boost your holiday mood with a spectacle of seasonal lights and sound and make the holidays a little brighter for a child by donating a new plush toy.
“The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you,” John Greenleaf Whittier.