City of Brier, Washington

December 3, 2005
Annual Tree Lighting


With just the perfect amount of snow and a nice brisk temperature, the event was a hit.

Our holiday tree was lit and the crowd was entertained by the Bel Cantos singers of Brier Elementary.

Our special thanks to Mary McBride and the Bel Cantos, Starbucks Coffee, Video Mirage (for Santa's chair), the Mountlake Terrace Fire Department (for Santa's arrival) and Santa Claus (for taking time out of his busy schedule).

Also - thanks to our volunteer Park Board and city members that donate their time to produce this and other events in our parks.

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Thanks Catie Smith for this submission:

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Once upon a time (December 3rd, 2005) there was a little town called Brier. Every year as the Christmas season arrives the citizens of this town love to ring in the Christmas season with a wonderful gathering at the city park to visit with neighbors, sip on hot cocoa, warm themselves by the fire, listen to children singing Christmas carols and wait for Santa to arrive.

On this particular night in 2005 a little boy arrived at the festivities. While everyone else was playing and gathering around the fire he waited quietly with his mother. He didn’t care about cookies. He didn’t care about joining the kids playing on the swing set. He didn’t care about hot cocoa. No, not this little boy. He stood very still with his mother. He listened very carefully and soon he heard the sound that he was waiting for! He heard a siren way off in the distance. He knew that meant one thing…SANTA was coming!!!!! Soon the fire truck arrived with the lights flashing and sirens blaring. There was Santa and Mrs. Claus! The crowd rushed to see Santa.

The little boy’s mother looked around and the little boy had vanished. She became very worried. She couldn’t find him by the cookies. She couldn’t find him by the swing set. There were children everywhere but she could not find her little boy. She found a nice man by name of Ken Overstreet and explained to him that she had lost her little boy. Mr. Overstreet knew just what to do to help find the little boy. He made his way through the crowd with the mother where everyone had gathered around Santa. Mr. Overstreet got the crowd’s attention and said ‘Ladies and Gentlemen we have a lost child”. He looked sympathetically at the worried mother. He was just about to ask her what the little boy was wearing when she began to grin and exclaimed ‘There he is!!!” The little boy was snuggled up with Santa Claus.

The little boy had come to see Santa.

He found him in Brier Park on a snowy December night.


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