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Stroll On State in Rockford Illinois

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With the Thanksgiving Holiday coming to an end, the Christmas Season may begin. Our Thanksgiving was wonderful and we have many things to be thankful for again this year. Tradition did not disappoint once again with our annual trip to the William’s Christmas Tree Farm on Black Friday. No stores or shopping malls for us. This year’s weather could not have cooperated any better. Cold enough to wear a winter coat so that it seemed like the correct season, but not too cold to be rushed in fear of frostbite. No precipitation, mud, or otherwise inclement weather that would cloud our search for the perfect tree(s). Our trip was complete with a wagon ride, puppies, reindeer, a run through the maze and a camel who is amusing and always provides a chuckle of the day, we arrived home with three Christmas trees, fudge, one Christmas tree stand, fudge, and a belly full of hot cocoa and fudge. No puppy, but loads of homemade fudge. This is a favorite day and a definite “must add” to your bucket list of places to visit. I give this simple advice to kids from one to ninety-two; it’s been visited many times, many ways and delivers a Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas to you!

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New on the “must do list” is the Stroll on State. Merry and Bright was the slogan and Merry and Bright was exactly what it was. Downtown Rockford was at its finest while shining brilliant with pride and shouting Merry Christmas. Its street was lit with beautiful Christmas decorations and covered with people. The Fire & Ice Display was fantastic. People strolled on State Street to the Christmas Tree Lighting along with Santa and the horse drawn wagon rides. There were visits with Santa, ice-skating, and the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” movie was showing. City Hall boasted a Holiday Market featuring local gift ideas and gifts for those special someone’s on your list. After our stroll, we stopped for a delicious dinner at the Irish Rose Saloon. Always one of our favorite dinner places, the large wrapped presents in the pines out front once again reminded us of this special time of year. Yes, the decorations were hung on the bridge with great care in hopes everyone passing would look up and see them there. The people were strolling down the beautiful streets with stands of s’mores and hot chocolate for treats. In this wonderful town there wasn’t a frown in sight, just everyone saying Happy Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

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