Joplin celebrates Christmas
November 10, 2008
(Photo by Vince Rosati)

The first annual Joplin Holiday Experience 2008 with a weekend of activities for the whole family will kick-off on December 4 at 6 p.m. with a community Christmas Carol sing at the First United Methodist Church, 501 W. 4th St. Vince Lindstrom, pictured at left, director of the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, made the announcement at City Hall recently before an audience of city hall workers, interested citizens and the media.

While the word "holiday," is much maligned by Christians when used in place of "Christmas," the event in partnership with the city of Joplin and the Joplin Public Library and other non-public organizations uses the word but leaves out the diversity of the season that goes with it.

Lindstrom, with much aplomb, spoke of an event that he attended in Mystic Seaport, CT with about 20,000 people in which the first verse of every Christmas carol was sung accompanied by the Boston Pops. Well, Joplin won't have the crowd or the Boston Pops but he is enthusiastic about the caroling that will take place at the First United Methodist Church in celebration of Joplin's sacred places.

Nancy Morton, at left, representing the Historic Murphysburg Preservation confers with Vince Lindstrom, director of the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, about her group's involvement in the Joplin Holiday Experience 2008. A series of programs at various churches in the Historic Murphysburg District will play a key role in the celebration and will include a surprise musical presentation, stained glass tours, and a view of the historical sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church. (Photo by Vince Rosati)

Bob Dopp announced that the annual Christmas parade sponsored by the Joplin Jaycees will take place at 5:30 p.m. on December 6 and run from 20th Street along Main to Second Street. The theme will be "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."

Dopp asked for "nice, gentle, little snow...no rain" to authenticate the event. He also appealed for volunteers to enter their lighted floats by the November 15 deadline. To register a float phone (417) 624-8552.

"The holiday season is an exciting time to get families together," Lindstrom said. He also implied that he would spare everyone from his tin ear.

The schedule of activities includes:

Thursday, Dec. 4

Friday, Dec. 5

Saturday, Dec. 6

Sunday, Dec. 7

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Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish holiday in honor of the historic victory of the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil that is not mentioned in Joplin's celebration, will be observed beginning at sunset on December 21 through December 29. Also left out is Kwanzaa. Although not technically a religious celebration, it is an African community and African American holiday that this year has the theme, "Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Repairing and Renewing the World." It will be celebrated from December 26 to January 1, 2009.

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