Holiday rituals under way

Thomas Garcia

By Thomas Garcia

Quay County Sun

There is no reason for concern about the low number of entries in the 21st annual Christmas Light Parade and Christmas lighting contest, said Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce officials.

“Each year we see a rush of entries come in on Friday,” said Bob Beaulieu, chamber executive director.

Beaulieu said two organizations, American Legion Riders of Logan and Crazy Charlie’s Jeep, have entered the parade.

This will be the seventh year that “Crazy” Charlie Crossley has entered the light parade.

“We enjoy doing something for the community,” Crossley said.

Crossley said this year several members of the Jeep train will be out of town working. He said the train will go on as planned.

“We are going to get out there with as many Jeeps as possible,” Crossley said.

Crossley said each year the individual Jeeps are decorated with lights and linked together. He said the Jeeps’ movement has been called “the rattlesnake.”

“Just another way for us to show our community support,” Crossley said.

Businesses including

Everyone’s Federal Credit Union and Mesalands Community College plan on entering the parade.

On the residential side, Ken and Lucy Fernandez said they have been decorating their home for the enjoyment of their children and grandchildren.

“We are excited about Christmas and what it means to us,” Fernandez said. “It is a lot of work but it is well worth it.”

Fernandez said there is a theme to his decoration. In the front of the display is the Nativity, the center features worldly aspects of Christmas, including Santa Claus, and ends at the cross.

“We all celebrate Christmas,” Fernandez said. “It is important to remember why we celebrate.”