Editorial: Kaneland communities kick off holiday season

By on December 2, 2010

For many, the Christmas holiday season starts right after Thanksgiving ends—for some, it begins barely after the tables have been cleared and the plates cleaned.

Yet, in our Kaneland communities, the season kicks off this weekend, when Elburn, Sugar Grove and Kaneville each feature their Christmas celebrations.

The first event is Elburn’s Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. (see related story on page 1A). The event is held throughout town, with stops at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, the Town and Country Public Library, as well.

Highlights at the library include Santa and Mrs. Claus, with the Kaneland Madrigal Singers and others providing the entertainment. Downtown, businesses will offer various treats and activities for families, including the annual Kandyland at the Elburn Herald office. The community center will play host to a variety of activities, including a Christmas Tree Auction that will provide bidders a chance to support the community center and take home a pre-decorated tree or wreath.

The following morning, the village of Sugar Grove will kick off its Holiday in the Grove event at 7:15 a.m. with a Breakfast with Santa at the Community House. Events will be held throughout the day at the Community House, Kaneland John Shields Elementary School and the Sugar Grove Public Library.

Santa will be busy in the Kaneland area that day, as he will also appear at the fire barn in Kaneville as part of the village’s holiday festivities also on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Between events at the Kaneville United Methodist Church, the community center, fire barn and the library, there will be plenty of holiday fun to be had throughout town starting at 9 a.m.

Each of our towns will kick off their holiday season with a group of events to bring our communities together, and we urge each of you to recognize that if you live in one of the Kaneland communities, you belong to a broader community than just your own. So, if you are a Kaneville resident, we hope to see you at the Elburn Christmas Stroll. And if you are from Elburn, we hope to see you the next day in Sugar Grove and Kaneville.

As the Kaneland community’s hometown newspaper, we believe these types of events are essential in helping build relationships within individual communities, as well as between the communities that call Kaneland home.