It’s the last day of October, and already I’m thinking about Christmas. As I get older, I start getting geekier and more nostalgic about Christmas, especially the Christmases I never had, like an old-fashioned traditional Christmas.
As old as I am, I never “got to” live through one of those, but I’ll get my chance this year. And even though Thanksgiving starts in about 4 weeks, it also means Christmas is coming.
In Metamora (Franklin County), it happens the day after Thanksgiving.
Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 10 am to 10 pm (Friday and Saturday; 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday), Metamora is holding their 28th annual Christmas walk. Calling it a Currier and Ives Christmas scene, the organizers are combining history and the pageantry of Christmas to bring an enjoyable Christmas time to visitors to this part of Southeastern Indiana.
There are lanterns along the canal, lights along the pathways, and decorations throughout the entire village. There are strolling carolers, Santa is in the Santa house, and dozens of interesting gift shops. You can also get a cup of hot coffee or cider at the Grist Mill.
Metamora’s Christmas Walk is an annual tradition for visitors from everywhere, and has been year after year. And it’s a festival I plan on taking part in this year, so I can fondly remember Christmases from my grandparents’ childhoods.