YORKTOWN, N.Y. Chiara Denet will celebrate her seventh Christmas this year, and was pleased to watch the lighting of the Yorktown tree from atop her father's shoulders Monday night.
"It's something we try to get to every year," said Scott Denet, Chiara's father. "Last year we couldn't because it was too cold, but this year was great."
The Denet's were just one of hundreds of residents who came out to watch the annual lighting of the tree adjacent to the Jack DeVito Gazebo. The night kicked off with words from Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel, who wished everyone a happy holiday season, before the Girl Scouts, Daisies and Brownies in attendance counted down the lighting of the tree.
Counting down from 10, the youngsters counted as the tree was magically lit, illuminating all the children who stood before it. The groups then began singing holiday songs such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "The Dreidel Song" as well as other traditional songs for the holiday season, and the crowd of residents and parents soon sang along.
Reindeer headbands, jingle bell sweaters, necklaces and Santa hats were disbursed among the crowd, in this annual town-wide celebration.
The event was also a time to remember those who might need extra care for the holiday season, and at the beginning of the ceremony, volunteers thanked the Girl Scouts, who had made donations to their organizations.
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