The Times West Virginian

December 2, 2012

‘This town really sticks together’

Mannington holds Simple Gifts Celebration to mark Christmas season

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

MANNINGTON — “If you want to be happy in a million ways,” Perry Como tells us, “for the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.”

With the Christmas month under way, the folks of Mannington gathered for the annual Simple Gifts Celebration on Saturday, celebrating the season and each other with a parade, visit from Santa and much more.

“It gives you a good feeling to come down and see the lights,” said Rana Taylor, executive director of Mannington Main Street. She said that this year had one of the biggest crowds she’d seen at the Christmas celebration.

The city began its festivities at 5 p.m., with “memory bulbs,” special ornaments sold in honor of loved ones, being put on the Christmas tree. The parade lineup started at the same time and kicked off at 6 p.m.

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