Bah, Humbug!: COVID concerns lead to cancellation of local Christmas events

From Staff Reports

Christmas activities received a visit from the ”Scrooge” known as COVID this past week, as area events were cancelled due to concerns from the virus.

Small Town Christmas was the first canceled announced on Wednesday morning.

“The Chamber directors, City Council and School District felt that it would be wiser to cancel ‘Slaton’s Small Town Christmas’ and encourage everyone to stay home safe and healthy this season,” said the Chamber in a statement.

“The recent increase in  COVID cases in the State and specifically our area has caused a great deal of concern.”

The Chamber added they did not want to cancel the event when cheer was needed; however they wanted to err on the side of caution to protect people.

They plan on having the event next year.

The Christmas Tree decorating contest is unaffected.

Winners will have a donation made in their name to their choice of local charities.

Charities that will be honored with the donations are Meals on Wheels, Santa Red and Blue and Weekend Snack Sack program.

Six categories will be judged and awarded: Best Lighting, Best Christmas Theme, Most Fun, Most Creative, Best Original Theme and Most Festive.

Trees must be decorated by Sunday (Nov. 29).

In addition to the Small Town Christmas, Nita Williams Director at the Slaton Senior Center reported that Breakfast-to-go with Santa has also been canceled.

The decision was made due to the transition again of schools to virtual learning until Dec. 7 as well as COVID increases in the area.

“News of the middle and high school closing has him  (Santa) very concerned,” said Williams, adding she and Santa chose to cancel the event, which also included photos.

“We are saddened by this but both agree that the health and welfare of our children and the seniors of this community come first.”

She added that they will host the event next year.

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(Editor’s note: Information is of press time Tuesday. Any additional cancellations or postponements will be posted on The Slatonite website and on its Facebook page, Slatonite.)

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