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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 8:14 am | Updated: 8:51 am, Tue Nov 27, 2012.

Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed, the Christmas decorations that have been up since October can rest assured they no longer seem tacky. Everyone can finally revel in holiday cheer and attending one – or more – of the county’s Christmas tree lighting ceremonies can be an appropriate way of welcoming the Christmas season.

Two communities – Avery and Copperopolis – will be spreading holiday cheer today. In Avery, guests can gather at the parking lot of CP Financial, at the corner of Sheep Ranch Road and Highway 4. Refreshments will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. and Debbie Artega, one of the event’s organizers, encourages attendees to bring their own favorite holiday cookies to share with others. Santa Claus will also make a special visit to talk to children.

Actual lighting of the tree will take place at 6 p.m. and visitors can ooh and aah over a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Copperopolis will also hold a holiday ceremony today at the Town Square from 5 to 7 p.m.

Paul and Noreen Coca of Firefall Jewelers will sing traditional Christmas music and Santa will find a way to make a stop in Copperopolis as well.

For those who are still too full of turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce to make it out of the house Friday, the small town of Dorrington is holding its 20th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Dorrington Hotel starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the lighting at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will make yet another appearance for the kids of Dorrington to hear what they’d like for Christmas. He’ll be arriving in style, atop a fire truck – as is traditional in the small town.

“We seem to get a really good turnout every year,” said Jennifer Miller, a real estate agent at Dorrington Realty, which helps host the annual event. She said many people with cabins in the area walk over as an after-Thanksgiving holiday tradition.

“I really like it because I think it’s a great way to kick off the season.”

As in previous years, traditional one horse open sleigh rides will be an available activity, evoking images of traditional seasonal pastimes.

“It’s great. You just get in line, take a number and ride down a little road adjacent to the meadow,” said Miller.

For those looking to lend a more personal note to the season, a tree at the Amador Calaveras Hospice Thrift Store in Angels Camp will have a special ceremony Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 3 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives. At 5 p.m. guests can place an individual light on the tree to remember someone who has since passed. During a season meant to be spent with family and friends, this event can be an additional way to keep loved ones remembered and included in the holidays.

“It’s a very nice, solemn time where people can mention their loved one’s name if they choose to and we have some nice music at the beginning of the ceremony; the hospice chaplain will perform an invocation and then we’ll have the actual lighting and some refreshments. The list grows each year,” said Ann Metherd, volunteer coordinator for Amador and Calaveras Hospice.

For those not able to attend the actual event in Angels Camp, a second lighting is taking place the following day in Jackson. For those unable to make either lighting ceremony, Hospice of Amador and Calaveras will still be able to place loved one’s names on boards at each store so that they can be viewed by others.

For more information on holiday events happening around the county, take a look at the Enterprise’s Holiday Calendar.

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