Home For The Holidays

Nitya Chadha, Alumni Editor

The fourth of December was a time of celebration, laughter, festivities, and warmth – figuratively of course since it neared 30 degrees fahrenheit – as the Home for the Holidays parade commenced on main street. The streets were illuminated (literally as well as figuratively) with colorful Christmas lights, vibrant floats, holiday decorations, excited children, and the flashing lights of Ramsey’s fire and police department. Crowds of Ramsey residents flooded the streets awaiting the performances of the RHS chorus, the Ram Jams, the band, and the Jazz band. The chorus walked through the parade, singing various holiday carols including We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, O Christmas Tree, and Deck the Halls, all of which are well loved Christmas classics. The Ram Jams’ rendition of Mary, Did You Know at the firehouse was particularly beautiful and the intricate harmonies gave Pentatonix themselves a run for their money! Moreover, the band performed several pieces such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Sleigh Ride, and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, all of which stirred the Christmas spirit in the hearts of everyone in the audience – kids and parents alike. By the end of the night the children were dreaming of Christmas day, gifts, Rudolf, and Santa’s sleigh. However, perhaps the best part of this night was the return to normalcy that it represented for many people, especially because the parade was a drive-by last year due to the CoronaVirus pandemic. As people reunited with friends, family, and the general Ramsey community, it was impossible to not reciprocate the Christmas cheer that radiated from downtown Ramsey on that night.